This summer at the Ruhrtriennale arts festival, more than 20 pieces from Dutch art studio Atelier Van Lieshout will form a massive art village. The pieces will be on display at Jahrhunderthalle conference centre and will act as a focal point for the festival. Named after the Spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the arts settlement will be formed of pieces from the Atelier, ranging from new work to existing work dating back to the late 1990s.
At the center of the settlement is the Refektorium, a large events hall that will house a restaurant, bar, and theater. Outside the Refektorium is BarRectum, a 2005 work which is a huge re-creation of the tail end of the human digestive system. Two oversized heads, The Head Claudio and The Head Hermann, lie horizontal on the ground and Black Madonna, an axe-bearing mother holding her child, is also on display. Other works at the site include three pieces from AVL-ville, the studio’s utopian village created in Rotterdam in 2001.
A new large-scale artwork, Domestikator, depicts an intimate encounter between two cubic figures, one with four legs and one with two. According to Atelier Van Lieshout, “Domestikator symbolises the power of humanity over the world. It pays tribute to the ingenuity, the sophistication and the capacities of humanity, to the power of organization, and to the use of this power to dominate, domesticate the natural environment.”
The artistic director of the Ruhrtriennale festival, Johan Simons, who is also a theater director, invited Atelier Van Lieshout to create the installation. The six-week festival of music, dance, theater and art takes place across west Germany and welcomed more than 50,000 visitors last year.
Images via Heike Kandalowski