Joep van Lieshout

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Monday, March 7, 6:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium
230 S. Columbus Dr.

Dutch sculptor and visionary Joep van Lieshout was accepted into the Rotterdam Academy of the Arts at the age of 16. After graduation, he quickly rose to fame with functional sculptures that raise questions about society at large and the nature of art.

In 1995 Van Lieshout founded his studio Atelier Van Lieshout, and since then he has worked under the studio’s name to undermine the myth of the artistic genius. Throughout the past two decades, Atelier Van Lieshout has produced a veritable cornucopia of works that straddle art, design, and architecture, such as sculpture and installations; buildings and furniture; and utopias and dystopias. What these works have in common are a number of recurring themes, motives, and obsessions: systems, power, autarky, life, sex, and death. The works explore the human individual in the face of the greater whole.

Atelier Van Lieshout has exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hayward Gallery, London; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Additionally, the studio has worked on numerous commissions for both public and private clients.

Presented in partnership with the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects.


Atelier Van Lieshout

“Atelier Van Lieshout takes over German festival with The Good, The Bad and They Ugly installation,” dezeen magazine, by Emma Tucker

“Atelier Van Lieshout Builds the Original Dwelling at Design Miami/Basel,” designboom, by Nina Azzarello

“Joep van Lieshout Interview,” designboom, by Massimo Mini




Atelier Van Lieshout, Modular house mobile, 1995. Courtesy of Atelier Van Lieshout Atelier Van Lieshout, Technocrat, 2003. Courtesy of Atelier Van Lieshout Atelier Van Lieshout, Slave City, 2005–2008. Courtesy of Achim Kukulies Atelier Van Lieshout, Domestikator, 2015. Courtesy of JW Kaldenbach Joep van Lieshout. Courtesy of Atelier Van Lieshout