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Atelier Van Lieshout

Technocrat Coffee Table


Atelier van Lieshout is the eponymous studio of Dutch sculptor Joep van Lieshout, who has gained international recognition for sculptures and installations that pose fundamental societal questions.

Technocrat Coffee Table shows a scale model of The Technocrat, a closed circuit system developed by AVL to produce food, alcohol, and energy.

The concept is similar to one of his largest projects to date, AVL-ville, an independent state he founded in 2001. Joep and his co-workers lived there for just under a year, pushing the artistic boundaries of what autonomy means in modern society.

Atelier Van Lieshout


Sculptor Joep van Lieshout was born in 1963 in Ravenstein, The Netherlands. He is the progenitor of AVL-ville, a self-sufficient free-state in the port of Rotterdam named after the studio he founded in 1995. For three decades van Lieshout has produced work that straddles art, design, and architecture; sharing recurring themes of systems, power, life, sex, death, and the human individual amidst the greater whole.

AVL gained international recognition for sculptural installations featuring controversial or sinister nuances. Alongside playful perversion, the work conveys disdain for limitation and longing for freedom. Van Lieshout considers the body to be divine architecture with the viewer invited to interact with manufactured interior spaces resembling interal organs, acting out taboos and wish fulfillment. AVL’s projects traverse clean design and non-functional sculptures doubling as habitats, fusing luxury with anarchic independence from conventional living.

  • Dimension/

    95.0 x 44.0 x 180.0 cm (37.4 x 17.3 x 70.9 in)

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