Erik van Lieshout: The Show Must Ego On at WEILS in Brussels

Erik van Lieshout, Untitled, 2014; Hort Family Collection, courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York


Van Lieshout’s exhibition, The Show Must Ego On, 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 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. 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.

Curator: Zoë Gray


29 September, 7pm
Opening with conversation between Erik van Lieshout & Zoë Gray, Senior Curator, WIELS (English)

13 November, 4pm
Look Who’s Talking: Francesco Stocchi, Curator, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (English)

7 December, 7pm
Look Who’s Talking: Zoë Gray, Senior Curator, WIELS (French)

1 January, 4pm
Conversation between Erik van Lieshout & Rein Wolfs, Director, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (Dutch)

WEILS – Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354, 1190 Brussels Belgium
Opening: 29 September 2016, 7-9pm
30 September 2016 – 8 January 8 2017