Joep van Lieshout

Primitive Modern


Brussels

  • , The Essential Dwelling, 2015
    Fiberglass
    620 x 500 x 268 cm
  • , Early Bird, 2015
    Steel
    370 x 140 x 110 cm
  • , Endless Column, 2015
    Galvanized Steel
    440 x 80 x 80 cm
  • , Black Madonna, 2014
    Acrylic Resin
    186 x 122 x 50 cm
  • , Untitled, 2015
    Acrylic Resin, wood
    145 x 130 x 75 cm
  • , AVL/GK, 2015
    Wood
    126 x 105 x 40 cm
  • , Happy Industry Stove, 2015
    Wood, aluminum
    162 x 95 x 70 cm
  • , Zig Zag, 2015
    Wood
    87 x 40 x 46 cm
  • , De Gelaste , 2015
    Steel
    72,5 x 62 x 26 cm
  • , Henri (Le Brutalist #1), 2015
    Fiberglass
    65 x 136 x 72 cm
  • , Kissing Chair (Le Brutalist #2), 2015
    Fiberglass
    65 x 185 x 72 cm
  • , Lounge Area (Le Brutalist #3), 2015
    Fiberglass
    200 x 300 x 245 cm
  • , Party Island (Le Brutalist #5), 2015
    Fiberglass
    100 x 240 x 180 cm
  • , Carl (Le Brutalist #6), 2015
    Fiberglass
    75 x 140 x 70 cm

Press release

Images of a different brave new world to come. 

O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!

How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world,
That has such people in it!

 -William Shakespeare 

Almine Rech Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by dutch artist Joep van Lieshout at the gallery. In this exhibition titled Primitive Modern, Joep van Lieshout presents the transition between two key projects: the new project Neo-futurism and recent works from the Gesamtkunstwerk New Tribal Labyrinth, which the artist has been working on for the last four years. Both projects depict the same paradoxical utopian desires, while bringing to the fore a clear shift through a future vision on the development of the world.

New Tribal Labyrinth is a series of sculptures that embrace the industrial revolution and depict the romantic longing to become one with both machine and matter. The series suggests the emergence of a new world order, inspired by old world orders. In this world, populated by fictional tribes, we see a return to agriculture and industry and the revaluation of ancient rituals.[…]