Christmas Special: Heads by Atelier Van Lieshout

We are pleased to announce our Exclusive Christmas Special: a unique ink on paper drawing by Atelier Van Lieshout. In 2006, Atelier Van Lieshout created a series of Heads while he was working on SlaveCity. The Head drawings are framed and are available for a special price of € 2400,- Excl. 9% VAT. Click on the button below to discover all available drawings by Atelier Van Lieshout.

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Also applicable: the KunstKoop arrangement from the Mondriaan Fund, which allows you to purchase the artwork in monthly installments of € 72,- without any interest. Contact us for more information or for any questions.

Drawing is one of the main activities of Joep van Lieshout. Throughout the day he creates new sketches for his sculptural works. Van Lieshout, however, rarely produces and presents his paintings. In 2006, he created a series of drawings of the slave laborers of SlaveCity. The Heads of the laborers are now available in our RM Store.

In SlaveCity, Atelier Van Lieshout operates with ethical and aesthetic values, with the issues of diet, climatic change, organization, management and the market, all of which he provocatively, humorously and disturbingly combines and interprets. Lieshout’s SlaveCity does not need to import energy or food; it is organized on the basis of complete self-sufficiency. As the title of the project implies, its “participants” (the city’s slave laborers depicted in the Heads series) are exploited with the aim of total profit maximization. A strict security system ensures the draconian punishment of any breach of the rules. The models for SlaveCity illustrate an elaborately organized urban infrastructure with services, universities, health centers and shopping malls, villages, brothels and museums.

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ABOUT Atelier Van Lieshout

Atelier Van Lieshout is the studio founded by sculptor, painter and visionary Joep van Lieshout. After graduating at the Rotterdam Art Academy Van Lieshout quickly rose to fame with projects that travelled between the world of easy-clean design and the non-functional area of art: sculpture and installations, buildings and furniture, utopias and dystopias.

In 1995, Van Lieshout founded his studio and has been working solely under the studio’s name ever since. The studio moniker exists in Van Lieshout’s practice as a methodology toward undermining the myth of the artistic genius. Over the past three decades, Van Lieshout has established a multidisciplinary practice that produces works on the borders between art, design, and architecture. By investigating the thin line between manufacturing art and mass-producing functional objects, he seeks to find the boundaries between fantasy and function, between fertility and destruction. Van Lieshout dissects systems, be it society as a whole or the human body; he experiments, looks for alternatives, takes exhibitions as experiments for recycling, and has even declared an independent state in the port of Rotterdam AVL-Ville (2001)—a free state in the Rotterdam harbour, with a minimum of rules, a maximum of liberties, and the highest degree of autarky. All of these activities are conducted within Van Lieshout’s signature style of provocation—be it political or material.

Van Lieshout combines an imaginative aesthetic and ethic with a spirit of entrepreneurship; his work has motivated movements in the fields of architecture and ecology, and has been internationally celebrated, exhibited, and published. His works share a number of recurring themes, motives, and obsessions: systems, power, autarky, life, sex, and death—each of these trace the human individual in the face of a greater whole such as his well-known work the Domestikator (2015). This sculpture caused controversy before even being placed at the Louvre in Jardin de Tuilleries, but was adopted by Centre Pompidou where it was shown during FiAC (2017).

Van Lieshout’s works have been included in the Gwangju, Venice, Yokohama, Christchurch, Shanghai and São Paulo biennials. AVL is in part of the permanent collections of public and private institutions such as: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht; Museum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; Centre Pompidou, Parijs; Collectie Marta Herford, Herford; Stichting Prada, Milaan; FNAC, Parijs; Ludwig Forum, Aken; Folkwang-museum, Essen; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich; MoMA, New York, en het Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

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