Atelier Van Lieshout


(founded by Joep Van Lieshout in 1995, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

The celebrated art, design, and architecture studio founded by Joep Van Lieshout, combines idealism and grit to produce sculptures, installations, furnishings, architectural spaces, and plans for the future of humanity. Functional or fantastical, their work is shaped by a belief in self-sufficiency, distrust of politics and power, and the universal paradigms of life and death.

AVL’s most relevant recurring themes are domestication, politics, complex functioning systems, and the contextualisation of familiar, domestic objects.

They approach each project as a Gesamtkunstwerk—a total work of art formed from a synthesis of methods, materials, and disciplines. In all of its projects, Atelier van Lieshout aims to reveal where we are now—trapped in a sanitized, consumerist world—and where we should be—re-connected to farming, industry, and the ongoing cycle of production and consumption.

The jewellery project “Ear Hanger” in collaboration with Elisabetta Cipriani is part of of the collection of the Design Museum Den Bosch, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

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Public collections

Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany · Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam · Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam · Centraal Museum, Utrecht · Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven · Museum De Paviljoens, Almere · Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht · Noord-Brabants Museum, ‘s Hertogenbosch · Museum Kröller Müller, Otterlo · The Dutch State, The Hague · Centre d’Arts Plastiques, Rotterdam · CAST, Tilburg · KPN TPG, The Hague · Interpolis, Tilburg · Rabobank Netherlands, Eindhoven · Centre of Contemporary Art, Castello di Rivara, Turin · FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier · FRAC Rhône-Alpes, Lyon · FRAC des Pays de la Loire · FNAC, Paris · Les Abattoirs, Toulouse · M.A.C., Marseille · MOMA, New York · Prada Foundation, Milan · Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich · Walker Art Center, Minneapolis · The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds · Flackenberg collection, Hamburg · Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg · Hall collection, Connecticut · Sprengel Museum, Hannover · Sammlung EVN, Vienna · Caldic Collection, Rotterdam · Collection Marta Herford, Herford · MAK, Vienna · Belgacom, Brussels · Museo Würth La Rioja, Agoncillo · Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke.