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

About the exhibition

Atelier Van Lieshout installed two enormous installations, ‘The Technocrat’ and ‘Cradle to Cradle’, amid a forest of existing and new sculptures.

Atelier Van Lieshout, Operation, 2007
Atelier Van Lieshout, Operation, 2007

At 'Infernopolis' you can move among sinister installations and tableaux in which the distinctions between good and evil, life and death, and reality and fiction are erased. Atelier Van Lieshout’s fascination with systems is clearly manifest in the art work The Technocrat (2003-2004), which comprises all manner of apparatus, containers, beds and distillation vats. Together they form a closed circuit of food, alcohol, excrement and energy. Cradle to Cradle (2009) takes the principle that human waste can be food to the extreme. Looking at this art work, it quickly becomes clear that this machine recycles everything, even people.

The exhibition in the Submarine Wharf contains Atelier Van Lieshout’s most recent sculptures, which have never previously been exhibited. These works illustrate the evolution of a new culture resulting from a society of over-consumption and scarce resources. In this culture we see a harshening of relations between people and an increased will to survive. Through battle scenes and a large, abstracted cannon (WW III, 2010) Atelier Van Lieshout provides a glimpse of a possible future.

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