Dutch Profiles: Atelier Van Lieshout

Sep 5, 2013 1:28PM

In the mid nineties Joep van Lieshout rose to fame for his extraordinary Mobile Homes, and has since become one of the most exhibited and provocative artists in the Netherlands.

The work of Joep van Lieshout balances between art and design. Van Lieshout wants his work to be integrated into daily life and not just simply viewed. In fact, he often uses design to express his artistic ideas.

Joep van Lieshout is fascinated by the functionality of complex systems. One of the systems that keep coming back in his work is the body.

Studio van Lieshout has found its home in the Rotterdam harbour. There Van Lieshout and his twenty employees are ably to realise their artistic projects, which include furniture and sculpture, but also weapons, medicine and money. One of the works getting ready to leave the studio is Funky Bones.

With themes such as survival and self-sufficiency being important to the work of van Lieshout, its not surprising that his wildest dream would be to redesign the human species. In a way that would better suit the future of our planet.



Director: Jennifer Pattersson
Camera: Wiro Felix
Sound: Martijn van Haalen
Editing: Jos Driessens
Creative Producer: Geert van de Wetering
Producer: Olivia van Leeuwen
Music Sound Design: Jesse Koolhaas

Produced by Submarine, Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix
Commissioned by DutchDFA

The Dutch Profiles series was made as part of the Dutch Design Fashion Architecture (DutchDFA) programme, which ended in 2013. The series was then transferred to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, which published it on ARTtube.