Joep van Lieshout, 2013

“Collision”, Joep van Lieshout, 2013
Limited edition 10 + 3 AP
Ø 93 cm, height 25 cm
Porcelain black, biscuit

With “Collision” Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg presents the first collaboration with Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout. Joep van Lieshout is the founder and artistic mastermind of studio and workshop Atelier Van Lieshout. Atelier Van Lieshout’s interdisciplinary approach comprises the arts, design, architecture and even alternative or utopian living models. Atelier Van Lieshout crosses the line between the genres of fine arts and applied arts, which can result in large scale, site-specific installations, happenings or even product designs.

In the collaboration with Nymphenburg, Joep van Lieshout created “Collision”, a limited edition of black bisque porcelaine sculptures. The artwork consists of a multi-pieced tablecloth centerpiece evolving around deeds and brave actions of contemporary heroes – a contemporary interpretation of table decoration and conversational pieces.

With this work the artist, who has a fascination for systems and alternative worlds, would like to raise questions about the state of our civilisation. “In the fast paced world of today our values can swiftly become outdated and irrelevant. Climate change and social poverty are only some examples of this. New ideologies generate new heroes, victims and actions. “Collision” honors the new heroes of these giant challenges“, according to van Lieshout.

“Collision” evolves around four powerful scenes recalling civil-war environments, with expressive gestures of human struggle, suffering and cohesion. Configured in circles, these dramatic yet dynamic scenes contain groups of fleeing, fighting, coiling yet dancing-like figures in the ubiquitous struggles for power or social justice, which accompanies the advent of a new set of social values.

Contextualising such scenes in the framework of a table decoration setting, the work also refers to 19th century historical Nymphenburg designs of hunting scenes. Each group consists of several figures, with all of them being meticulously modeled from multiple casts, and being and fabricated in a mass-mill in single component parts of black bisque porcelain.

In Nymphenburg, handmade works of art are manufactured as single objects or as strictly limited editions according to the designs of contemporary artists who count among some of the most widely-renowned creators of art worldwide. Well-known artists like Carsten Höller, Olaf Nicolai and Wim Delvoye focus intensely on the historical and cultural context of Nymphenburg and express their outstanding artistic visions in the highest quality porcelain.

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