New Tribal Labyrinth offers a survey of works from the eponymous on-going project by Atelier van Lieshout (AVL).
The project New Tribal Labyrinth reflects on our extremely advanced and complex society, in which over-consumption and limited raw materials play a crucial role. In AVL's vision, this will lead to conflict and the subsequent emergence of a new world order, with groups of people organising themselves in tribes instead of nation-states. This new tribal world will see a return to farming and industry – which currently both have been banished from our society – and a re-establishment of our relationship with materials which now has been lost.
The book – published in collaboration with GRIMM gallery – is richly illustrated showcasing not only the finished works of the artist but also how some of the pieces were made by van Lieshout and his team in their Rotterdam studio.
Joep van Lieshout lives and works in Rotterdam. Since the early 1980s, he has produced objects in mainly bright coloured 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. AVL has attained international recognition for objects that balance on the boundary between art, architecture and design. These works of art are practical, uncomplicated and substantial. Recurring themes in the work of AVL include autarky, power and politics, as well as the more classical themes of life and death. Works of AVL can be found in private collections and international museums like Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), Museum Folkwang (Essen, Germany), MOMA (New York, United States), and many more.