Atelier van Lieshout

Galerie Krinzinger

Joep van Lieshout, Dutch multitasker and founder of Atelier van Lieshout (AVL), the now-legendary anarchic free state in Rotterdam harbor, gets on well with Vienna. In 2001, for instance, he brought a mobile field kitchen into the city’s elegant center and handed out home-cooked gourmet goulash à la Bocuse to all comers, be they vernissage attendees or casual passersby. In June 2008, with the city gripped by European Football Championship fever, the utopian and artistic provocateur made it clear that he has as much if not more going on as a producer of self-contained sculpture than as an instigator of participatory situations. His exhibition at Krinzinger is titled “Das Leben” (Life): It is about the life of the materials out of which van Lieshout’s art is made.

Mobile homes and offices, alternative energy and sewage systems, sanitary facilities, and kitchen cupboards were already part of

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