Erik van Lieshout
Erik van Lieshout, Untitled, 2012. Mixed media on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm. Part of Ministry of Subculture, 2012. Collection de Bruin-Heijn. Photo Jhoeko
Erik van Lieshout: Three Social Works
7 APR - 11 JUN 2017, MAIN GALLERY, FREE
Erik van Lieshout's work explores themes often rooted in his experience of living and working in the Netherlands but nevertheless relevant to contemporary experience across Europe and beyond. His SLG show brings together works that draw on socio-political observations, marginalised identities and the role of the artist in society. Interconnected architectural environments house three videos characterised by an absurdist sense of humour and ranging from a study of cats living in the basement of St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, through to interviews with the artist's family members, and a series of monologues set against an investigation into the life of a deceased man called Janus.
The exhibition features van Lieshout’s video works The Basement (2014), Ego (2013), and Janus (2012), which are screened in large-scale environments created especially for the SLG’s main gallery.
Generously supported by the Mondriaan Fund and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
With thanks to Maureen Paley, London and Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin; Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
Born in Deurne, The Netherlands in 1968, Erik van Lieshout lives and works in Rotterdam. Previous solo exhibitions include The Show Must Ego On, WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, 2016, Delegierte Performance for WWTBD, Marien Jongewaard at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 2013, Commission, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, 2012; Erik makes Happy, BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna, 2011; How Can I Help You, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, 2011; Im Netz, Ludwig Museum, Cologne , 2009; Homeland Security, Projekt am Museumsplatz, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, 2007 and Guantánamo Baywatch, Hammer Projects, Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, 2007. Recent group exhibitions include Drawing | The Bottom Line, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, Belgium, 2015; Political Populism, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria, 2015; Celebrate Life!, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Austria, 2015; Manifesta 10, The European Biennale of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, 2014; The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, 2013 and Point de Vue, Stedelijk Museum, Den Bosch, 2012.