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AVL Mundo and Museumnacht010 present
Grease Enlightning
March 7, 2020



During Museumnacht010 at AVL Mundo you can teleport yourself from the Late Seventies to the Roaring TwentyTwenties. Here, in the west side of Rotterdam, this evening is all about Grease Enlightning. A sticky but smooth evening and night program with art, easy to copy dance steps, shiny dixxo and radically lit spaces.

Works of Atelier Van Lieshout guide you to ‘De Barbaar’ , the new spaces of AVL Mundo, where you find a light and sound sculpture by Jonas Vorwerk, a video work by Itziar Okariz and the place where you can let yourself be physically overwhelmed with Connor Schumacher and his show Funny, Soft, Happy & the Opposite.

The performance by Connor Schumacher takes place at 22.00 and 23.00 at AVL Mundo and at 01:30 at Weelde. The performance at Weelde is only accessible with a combi-ticket for Museumnacht010 and afterparty.


Connor Schumacher: Funny, Soft Happy & The Opposite
Immerse yourself in the quirky performances of dance artist Connor Schumacher. In the atmospheres of Nightlife – the Museumnacht010 afterparty – Connor takes you along in the ideology of Joy as a Safe Space.

Coming from extensive research in neuroscience, the value of movement ​​and rave culture, Connor sets a social wave in motion during Museumnacht010. The result is a physically overwhelming performance in the BRUTUS exhibition space at AVL Mundo and a 30-minute high-intensity Rave Opener at Weelde.


For more information on Museumnacht010 and tickets click here.





Uomo Analyticus Exhibition
October 2019 – June 2020


Uomo Analyticus Exhibition in the Sculpture Garden of AVL Mundo, organised in collaboration with the Science Gallery.

‘Uomo Analyticus’ can both mean ‘the analyzing human’ and ‘a human analyzed’. How do we live? How are we made? How do we process and get processed? This exhibition, organised by AVL Mundo in collaboration with the Science Gallery, focusses on the core theme of Atelier Van Lieshout’s practice: dissecting systems, be it society as a whole or the human body. 

More information and exhibition booklet here.



Opening hours Sculpture Garden

Monday – Friday
09:00 – 17:00 hrs.
Cathedral by appointment
AVL Mundo, Keileweg 18, Rotterdam

Entrance = free


Education program
In addition to this exhibition we developed an inspirational education program which engages with the exhibition in an interactive and stimulating way.

For more information:  karen@avlmundo.org




Sculpture garden
Monday until Friday, 09.00 – 17.00 


Our sculpture garden provides you with an exhibition of some of the most iconic works by Atelier Van Lieshout. Some of the works are part of the so-called core collection of the foundation. The garden is open during weekdays from 9.00 till 17.00hrs. Free entrance.



Art Week at AVL Mundo
February 7 until 9, 2020


During the weekend of Art Week Rotterdam, 7th until the 9th of February 2020, AVL Mundo hosts a varied program. This program includes a new initiative called The Performance Show, the Dutch premiere of the new Atelier Van Lieshout work Pendulum (2019), a presentation of the work of our Artists-in-residence, an exposition of new and previous Atelier Van Lieshout works at Joep Van Lieshout’s private exhibition space and a party to celebrate this years Art Week.

Below all the information about what is happening in and around the block of AVL Mundo.


Art Rotterdam and AVL Mundo presented
The Performance Show
February 7 until 9, 2020


AVL Mundo presented a new collaboration with Art Rotterdam: The Performance Show. From the 7th until the 9th of February 2020 The Performance Show took place at new locations on the AVL Mundo premises. The Performance Show was a new initiative from Art Rotterdam, and part of the Art Rotterdam Week.  This new art program offered visitors a varied and continuous program of national and international performance art curated by Zippora Elders.

This is the first edition where all art forms were presented. For The Performance Show, a partnership has been entered into with various Rotterdam cultural institutions, including Witte de With. Artistic director of Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen and curator of modern and contemporary art. She finds it fitting and inspiring that attention is paid to performances during the Art Rotterdam Week.  For more The Performance Show information click here.


Mauricio Limon de Leon, ‘A gigantic broom to uncover compelling narratives’, performance 2020. Courtesy Hilario Galguera, Wild Palms and Ellen de Bruijne Projects.



Killing time at AVL Mundo:
Atelier Van Lieshout’s Pendulum for the first
time on display in the Netherlands
February 7 until 9, 2020


Pendulum (2019) is a massive, mechanical clock powered by a swinging pendulum. The clock’s hands tick loudly, ominously counting down to the “end of everything” which then ushers in the “beginning of everything” – a perpetual cycle of destruction and creation characteristic of our constant search for utopia.

After being part of the large exhibition The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth at Pioneerworks (US), Pendulum finally will be revealed in The Netherlands.


Pendulum (Atelier Van Lieshout, 2019)



Artists in Residence presented
February 7 until 9, 2020


During Art Week AVL Mundo’s Artists-in-residence presented a duo expo: Duster. Clémence de La Tour du Pin (FR) and Anders Dickson (US) showed the work they made while staying at AVL Mundo, including a selection of paintings and sculptures. Both of their oeuvres reference and draw from the architecture of the body and its interwoven relationship to the spaces around it. Duster is synonymous with the removal of stagnance. This is intended to play with the ambiguous history of the villa located near the industrial harbour of the city and previously used as a brothel, a business and it’s current existence as a temporary home for artists.


Artists in Residence Atelier Clémence de La Tour Du Pin and Anders Dickson



Joep van Lieshout’s private exhibition space
February 7 until 9, 2020

Besides The Performance Show and Pendulum’s premiere in The Netherlands, Joep van Lieshout opened up his exhibition space within his house to show new and previous works from Atelier Van Lieshout.


Wall Decoration (Atelier Van Lieshout, 2008)

Party at AVL Mundo
Friday February 7th, 2020


On Friday February 7th, Keilecafe, AVL Mundo and Joeri Woudstra joined forces at an adventurous new location for a night to remember or forget during Art Rotterdam 2020. More info about the party M a a s C i t y L o u n g e here.





Group exhibition Secret Society



Behind every closed door there may be a hidden world, its rules and rituals only known to admitted members. A secret society can pursue political, religious, economic or perverse objectives, but there is one common denominator: they all operate in the shadows. At times because these practices cannot see the light of day, at others because sharing a secret creates a sense of belonging, a feeling of unity which every human not-so-secretly is searching for.

We all fear the unknown, yet the mystique of underground labyrinths, the maze of a hidden world appeals to everyone’s imagination. The artists of the group exhibition Secret Society use and depict their fascination for the hidden, thereby uncovering the paradox of a secret. After all, a secret only exists when it is shared, yet disappears the moment it comes out.
The exhibition takes place in a yet undisclosed location within the AVL Mundo premises. While the gate to this ‘secret society’ is usually kept closed, for once its secrets will be shared.

Participating artists: Joost Benthem – Vincent Ceraudo – Gaëlle Choisne – Paul Geelen – Carlijn Kingma – Chaim van Luit – David Maroto – Anthony Nestel – Jennifer Rubell – Rustan Söderling – Joop Schafthuizen and others

NRC review (****) here

Volkskrant review (****) here


Brutus Art Prize 2019


We are pleased to announce that Priscila Fernandes (Portugal, 1981) is the winner of the first Brutus Art Prize!

The jury praises Fernandes’ playful and accurate approach to social themes. She challenges viewpoints on work and leisure with both humor and honesty. This approach makes that her work has found a natural home in the city of Rotterdam – once the city of working people, now a city with an increasing amount of tourists.

The Brutus Art Prize is both for upcoming artists as well as established local icons. We are very happy that the jury wanted to extend an honourable mention to the Rotterdam artist Woody van Amen (1936, Eindhoven). The jury is impressed by the important position he still occupies within Rotterdam’s art scene. For almost fifty years, Van Amen has produced a sensational and multifaceted oeuvre that includes painting, sculpture, installation, and film. He doesn’t let a day go by without producing art. ´´I have to go to my studio – every day“

About the Brutus Art Prize
The Brutus Art Prize is an initiative of AVL Mundo foundation and Joep van Lieshout. The award is €4,000 and an exhibition at AVL Mundo in September.
Priscila Fernandes will receive the Brutus Art Prize on Friday June 14th at 7pm by Chair of the jury Mariette Dölle and artist Joep van Lieshout. For more information click here.

Press about the Brutus Art Prize.



Exhibition “Whats wrong with this picture”



The exhibition “Whats wrong with this picture” (2018) confronts the public with works that contain dark humour, ask urgent questions and present a bleak view on reality. Atelier Van Lieshout, Mike Bouchet, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson and Riley Harmon contribute to the exhibition. Atelier Van Lieshout showed works from the SlaveCity project about perceived and mouldable social normalcy, as they reconsider the concept of time, the prospects for society and the role of mankind therein. Visitors are forced to think about what we take for granted and to ask themselves, “What’s wrong with this picture?”.



Exhibition Territory 



The exhibition Territory (2013), curated by Joep van Lieshout, shows the work of several international artists, and has been said to be disruptive and border-crossing. Located in a former feed mill with an outside terrain, the works of art merge with its rough and industrial setting. Especially for the exhibition, a large site-specific installation was created by Dutch artist Kevin van Braak.

During the opening hundreds of people came to have a first look at the works of art, to enjoy the food that Dutch artist Kevin van Braak prepared in his book burning oven, and to dance to live music. In its first month of existence Territory received positive reviews and welcomed many visitors on its premises at the port area in Rotterdam.




March 7, 2020 - Museumnacht 010

Buy your ticket here
20:00 – 01:00
Keileweg 18, Rotterdam

June, 2020 - Brutus Art Prize II

Further details to be announced





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