Joep van Lieshout

Kölnischer Kunstverein

One could find everything needed to live—or at least survive—in Joep van Lieshout’s recent exhibition. The artist had filled the museum’s oblong space with a long series of objects that incorporated various household items, including everything from kitchen appliances (even one intended to be used in pig-butchering, along with dried sausages) to a water closet.

At first glance, one might assume that van Lieshout’s new works are merely symptoms of the current vogue for “furniture art.” His counters, bathtubs, and cabinets, his built-in sleep and work stations, are at once aestheticized and functional, much like certain creations of Jorge Pardo, Andrea Zittel, or Tobias Rehberger. What sets his work apart from that of other artists who deal with furniture in an artistic context, however, is his obsessive interest in sexuality. Though seen most clearly in his gigantic phalluses and oversized

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