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Atelier Van Lieshout

The Clever Lamp (Table)


Atelier van Lieshout’s lamps are often renderings of his own larger sculptures, experimenting how their impact and meaning changes when scaled down.

The Clever Lamp asks the same question of one of the world’s most recognisable sculptures, The Thinker, by Auguste Rodin. Simplified into a clean line form, the figure is presented to the viewer on an even playing field, rather than from his usual position of superiority.

With typical subversive humour, Joep van Lieshout did not miss the opportunity to give the pensive thinker his lightbulb moment.

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/

    51.0 x 80.0 x 51.0 cm (20.1 x 31.5 x 20.1 in)

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