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Erik van Lieshout

The Show Must Ego On

30 09 2016 08 01 2017

Erik van Lieshout first became known in the early 2000s for his visceral videos in which he often plays a central role, shown in environments of his own making: installations whose rough, bricolaged forms belie their sophistication.

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Erik van Lieshout, Sex is Sentimental, 2009, installation view, The Show Must Ego On WIELS 2016; photo: Johannes Schwartz

Whilst his immediate subject matter is often directly influenced by the political and social context of the Netherlands, van Lieshout’s work provocatively raises issues that are relevant across Europe and beyond: immigration and integration, class and gentrification. Despite these weighty topics, his work can be outrageously funny, using satire to reveal the failings of our society. With equally brutal honesty, he explores his own failings, both as a human being and as an artist. In recent works, he particularly questions art’s direct social impact and its potential to do good.

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Erik van Lieshout, Ministry of Subculture, 2012, installation view The Show Must Ego On, WIELS 2016; courtesy of Collection de Bruin-Hejin, photo: Johannes Schwartz

Van Lieshout’s show at WIELS is his first institutional solo presentation in Belgium. It features work made since 2009, including several video installations and works on paper. In the selection of projects and their articulation through the gallery spaces, the exhibition embodies van Lieshout’s attempts to remove himself from centre stage, to withdraw, to disappear.

Erik van Lieshout (b. 1968, NL) lives and works in Rotterdam.

Erik van Lieshout : The show Must Ego On
30.09.206 - 08.01.2017
Curator: Zoë Gray

With the support of :

The Netherlands Embassy

The Mondriaan Fund

Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam
Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Anton Kern Gallery, New York
Maureen Paley, London