Joep Van Lieshout

While at the Academy of Modern Art, which he graduated in 1985, Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout began making object of bright colored polyester, a material that would become his trademark. He founded Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) in 1995 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. AVL has become an internationally recognized studio and workshop, producing objects that balance on the boundary of art, architecture, design; including sculpture, installation, buildings and furniture. From the establishment of a cultural free state in Rotterdam’s harbors in 2001 to alternative, sometimes dystopian societies, the themes that have recurred over AVL’s 25 years are power, politics and autarky. Their radical investigation of work organization, power structures and revolution has been repeatedly awarded. Works have been acquired across the world by museums such as Centre Pompidou, Paris; MoMA, New York; MACRO, Rome.



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