Lieshout Pub

Lokal Lieshout, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, © Atelier van Lieshout, Foto: Achim Kukulies

Lokal Lieshout


For the light-flooded space of the former Café Zwey into the second upper story of the K20, the Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout (*1963) and his Rotterdam studio have provided a total interior design: kitchen furnishings, a bar that projects far into the room, tables, chairs, lamps, a bookcase, even tableware. All surfaces have received a colored application, with choice of color being determined by "guided" chance procedures.

In his design, Van Lieshout responds to the modernist art found on display in the adjacent galleries, opposing to it a world of "primitiv/moderne" (to cite the work’s title), consisting of massive forms, seemingly hewn from stone.

Like Jorge Pardo, who designed the Pardo Bar in the K21, van Lieshout’s studio is occupied with a space filling works, multifunctional units, and complex installations which reside in the field of tension lying between contemporary art, design, and architecture.