Erik van Lieshout at Manifesta 10
Outset Netherlands is delighted to support Erik van Lieshout’s new work for Manifesta 10 in Saint Petersburg. Van Lieshout (1968, Deurne, Netherlands) proposed to set up a studio in the basement of the State Hermitage Museum where the Hermitage 'guards' live - approximately 70 cats. The cats inhabit the basement of the museum and carry out the important work of protecting the museum’s treasures from rats and mice. These unusual guards have been a part of the museum’s life and history for the past 200 years, and enjoy a high social standing at the Hermitage. By placing himself directly in the centre of his works, in his personal, idiosyncratic, and expressive fashion, the artist will reveal not only this hidden aspect of the Hermitage museum to audiences in St. Petersburg, but the possibility of a wider audience for art. The inclusion of this project in Manifesta 10 provides a remarkable view into Russian cultural history and the present day Hermitage, by a singular artist who is willing to take on the perspective from the other side of the museum barricades. Van Lieshout lived and worked among the cats in the basement of the museum for several months. He made many drawings during his time among the cats which he uses in his animation/film. Van Lieshout made a large installation which resembles the tunnels of the basement, in which the drawings and film will be shown.
This work will be on view during Manifesta 10 in Saint Petersburg from 28th June – 31st October 2014.
Erik van Lieshout, ‘The Basement’, 2014 (working title), HD installation, colour, sound, 20 minutes, wood, carpet, xerox copies, with the financial support of Mondrian Foundation, Netherlands Film Fund, Outset Netherlands. Courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam.