In Atelier Van Lieshout’s installation the force of destruction and creation is unavoidable. Objects are smashed up or torn apart, but also reassembled and re-strengthened. Let yourself be lured closer by the sounds of destruction and the jagged shapes of the sculptures.

The central element is the video Cage, which starts with a shot of a cage which has all the functions of a house. A 'house' that took Atelier Van Lieshout over two weeks to build, and only two days to destroy. The heavy gauge tubes of this house are being pushed apart with the use of powerful hydraulic presses, after which the disfigured steel tubes are strengthened and welded anew. In a cycle of construction and destruction, the strict geometry of the original structure is transformed into a final, more organic form.

With Cage, Atelier Van Lieshout refers to the role that humans play in the social systems we have created ourselves. The work is a symbol of resistance against the oppression of the higher power and the quest for independence.

All sculptures and projections in this installation belong to “The End of Everything / Beginning of Everything” series, in which Joep van Lieshout investigates the ambiguous relationship between creation and destruction by devising raw, industrial machines that offer different methods for mechanically destroying objects. These may be interpreted as machines for either construction or destruction, as a negative or positive force, as a break from tradition and a change for the future. The primary goal is to recycle, be it scrap, consumer goods, artworks, even Joep van Lieshout’s own creations. New works emerge from the detritus, illustrating the project’s aim, as van Lieshout puts it, “to destroy, to renew, to start again with what is good, to recycle.”

The exhibition is open from October 7 to November 20
Thursday to Sunday: 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Friday evening: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Closed between christmas and NYE

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The video Cage is made in collaboration with Sonia Herman Dolz.

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About Brutus

Founded in 2008 by sculptor Joep van Lieshout whose transgressive practice over the last three decades has shed light on what a foundation of tomorrow could look like, Brutus uses its architecture as a collaborative material to inform its multi-disciplinary program. Host to complicated installations, challenging performances, massive group shows and impressive solo exhibitions. Brutus offers artists time, space, freedom and funds to experiment, to perform and to exhibit at a massive scale. Brutus is now 6000 square meters with a sculpture park, residency, and grants the Brutus Prize. Brutus exists to create a space where anything is possible for artists to explode, dream big and build even bigger.