Summer Newsletter: Art in Boijmans and in the port of Rotterdam
20 June 2010

Atelier Van Lieshout - Infernopolis

From 29 May you can see the latest exhibition Infernopolis by Atelier Van Lieshout on a unique location: a sumarine wharf in the port of Rotterdam.

Design: Thonik
Design: Thonik

The Port of Rotterdam and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen transformed a former Submarine Wharf in the port of Rotterdam into the largest exhibition space in the Netherlands. Atelier Van Lieshout is inaugurating this space with the spectacular exhibition Infernopolis. In the 5000m2 space Atelier Van Lieshout has created a terrifying setting in which medical instruments, vacuum pumps, silos, skulls, skeletons, and giant sperm cells and bodily organs are the main protagonists. Two enormous installations, ‘The Technocrat’ and ‘Cradle to Cradle’, are installed amid a forest of existing and new sculptures.

Atelier Van Lieshout was founded by Joep van Lieshout (1963, Ravenstein). He lives and works in Rotterdam. Since the 1980s he has produced objects in polyester, the material that would become his trademark in subsequent years. In 1995 he founded Atelier Van Lieshout, undermining the myth of the individual artistic genius. Atelier Van Lieshout has attained international recognition for objects that occupy the middle ground between art, architecture and design.

Would you like to know more about the artist, the installation of the exhibition and the Submarine Wharf?
An episode of the new television programme Boijmans TV is devoted to the exhibition, giving you an insight into Joep van Lieshout’s thought processes. The episode will be broadcast on Wednesday 26 May at 17.40 on TV Rijnmond and can be viewed later on ArtTube.

From 31 May you can watch a video on ArtTube about the renovation of the Submarine Wharf and the construction of the exhibition. The film includes an interview with Sjarel Ex, director of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, about the Submarine Wharf’ significance for the museum and an interview with of the Joep van Lieshout about Infernopolis.