Erwin Olaf

Skin Deep: Male Nude No. 1 (2015), archival print, 130 x 100 cm, Ed. 7, and 80 x 60 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Skin Deep: Male Nude No. 1 (2015), archival print, 130 x 100 cm, Ed. 7, and 80 x 60 cm, Ed. 10

Skin Deep (2015)

Köln, Eine Armlänge Abstand (Cologne, At Arm’s Length), 2016, wood, ca. 265 x 75 x 120 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner
Köln, Eine Armlänge Abstand (Cologne, At Arm’s Length), 2016, wood, ca. 265 x 75 x 120 cm
Roma, La Visita di Stato (Rome, The State Visit), 2016, marble, 145 x 40 x 62 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner
Roma, La Visita di Stato (Rome, The State Visit), 2016, marble, 145 x 40 x 62 cm
Skin Deep: Male Nude No. 5 (2015), archival print, 130 x 100 cm, Ed. 7, und 80 x 60 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Skin Deep: Male Nude No. 5 (2015), archival print, 130 x 100 cm, Ed. 7, und 80 x 60 cm, Ed. 10
Skin Deep: Female Nude No. 16 (2015), archival print, 130 x 100 cm, Ed. 7, and 80 x 60 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Skin Deep: Female Nude No. 16 (2015), archival print, 130 x 100 cm, Ed. 7, and 80 x 60 cm, Ed. 10
Skin Deep: Reclining Nude No. 5 (2015), archival print, 100 x 150 cm, Ed. 7, and 60 x 80 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Skin Deep: Reclining Nude No. 5 (2015), archival print, 100 x 150 cm, Ed. 7, and 60 x 80 cm, Ed. 10
Skin Deep: Female Nude No. 5 (2015), archival print, 130 x 100 cm, Ed. 7, and 80 x 60 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Skin Deep: Female Nude No. 5 (2015), archival print, 130 x 100 cm, Ed. 7, and 80 x 60 cm, Ed. 10
Skin Deep: Male Nude No. 2 (2015), archival print, 130 x 100 cm, Ed. 7, and 80 x 60 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Skin Deep: Male Nude No. 2 (2015), archival print, 130 x 100 cm, Ed. 7, and 80 x 60 cm, Ed. 10
Skin Deep: Reclining Nude No. 7 (2015), archival print, 100 x 150 cm, Ed. 7, and 60 x 80 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Skin Deep: Reclining Nude No. 7 (2015), archival print, 100 x 150 cm, Ed. 7, and 60 x 80 cm, Ed. 10
Skin Deep: Reclining Nude No. 2 (2015), archival print, 100 x 150 cm, Ed. 7, and 60 x 80 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Skin Deep: Reclining Nude No. 2 (2015), archival print, 100 x 150 cm, Ed. 7, and 60 x 80 cm, Ed. 10
Skin Deep: Male Nude No. 3 (2015), archival print, 100 x 150 cm, Ed. 7, and 60 x 80 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Skin Deep: Male Nude No. 3 (2015), archival print, 100 x 150 cm, Ed. 7, and 60 x 80 cm, Ed. 10
Skin Deep: Reclining Nude No. 1 (2015), archival print, 100 x 150 cm, Ed. 7, and 60 x 80 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Skin Deep: Reclining Nude No. 1 (2015), archival print, 100 x 150 cm, Ed. 7, and 60 x 80 cm, Ed. 10

Catwalk (2016)

Six galleries of the Philips Wing at Rijksmuseum Amsterdam will be dedicated to fashion of the Dutch from 1625 to 1960. Starting with garments worn by members of the Frisian branch of the house of Nassau in the Golden Age, the exhibits will feature vibrantly coloured French silk gowns and luxurious velvet gentlemen’s suits of the eighteenth century, classically-inspired Empire dresses and bustles of the Fin de Siècle culminating in twentieth-century French haute couture by Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. For the first time Erwin Olaf was involved with the layout of this show as well as with his photos of historic and current fashion.

All photographs 133x100 cm or 80x60 cm, c-print

Catwalk II (Hirsch Cie 1882) Galerie Wagner + Partner
Catwalk II (Hirsch Cie 1882)
Catwalk III (Fietsjas 1890) Galerie Wagner + Partner
Catwalk III (Fietsjas 1890)
Concealed Treasures I Galerie Wagner + Partner
Concealed Treasures I
 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Concealed Treasures III Galerie Wagner + Partner
Concealed Treasures III
Concealed Treasures IV Galerie Wagner + Partner
Concealed Treasures IV
Concealed Treasures V Galerie Wagner + Partner
Concealed Treasures V
Concealed Treasures VI Galerie Wagner + Partner
Concealed Treasures VI
Concealed Treasures VII Galerie Wagner + Partner
Concealed Treasures VII

Keyhole (2012)

This installation shows a curved hallway which has 2 doors at its end. One can peep through each keyhole like a voyeur and see 2 videos: one shows a family during dinner, one show the mother to put her sun to bed. These people and others can be found along each side of the hallway again. Erwin Olaf has worked out 12 photographic portraits in total of related persons as an additional series.


Keyhole Installation (2012), installation with photography and video, about 250 x 500 x 200 cm, Ed. 3 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Keyhole Installation (2012), installation with photography and video, about 250 x 500 x 200 cm, Ed. 3
Keyhole: Portrait 5 (2011), C-print, 113 x 84 cm, Ed. 7, and 60 x 45 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Keyhole: Portrait 5 (2011), C-print, 113 x 84 cm, Ed. 7, and 60 x 45 cm, Ed. 10
Keyhole: Portrait 6 (2011), C-print, 113 x 84 cm, Ed. 7, and 60 x 45 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Keyhole: Portrait 6 (2011), C-print, 113 x 84 cm, Ed. 7, and 60 x 45 cm, Ed. 10
Keyhole: Portrait 7 (2011), C-print, 113 x 84 cm, Ed. 7, und 60 x 45 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Keyhole: Portrait 7 (2011), C-print, 113 x 84 cm, Ed. 7, und 60 x 45 cm, Ed. 10

Waiting (2014)

The latest project of the artist is an installation with some photos and a video that deal with the phenomena of waiting. Highly compressed in an emotional way Erwin Olaf extends a single moment into an aeon.


Waiting: Nairobi 2 (2014), C-print, 78.5 x 144 cm, Ed. 10, and Silvergelatine-Print, 26 x 47.5 cm, Ed. 7 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Waiting: Nairobi 2 (2014), C-print, 78.5 x 144 cm, Ed. 10, and Silvergelatine-Print, 26 x 47.5 cm, Ed. 7
Waiting: Portrait 1, Shenzhen (2014), C-print, 110 x 78.52 cm, Ed. 10, and Silvergelatine-Print, 47.5 x 26 cm, Ed. 7 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Waiting: Portrait 1, Shenzhen (2014), C-print, 110 x 78.52 cm, Ed. 10, and Silvergelatine-Print, 47.5 x 26 cm, Ed. 7
Waiting: Portrait 2, Shenzhen (2014), C-print, 110 x 78.52 cm, Ed. 10, and Silvergelatine-Print, 47.5 x 26 cm, Ed. 7 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Waiting: Portrait 2, Shenzhen (2014), C-print, 110 x 78.52 cm, Ed. 10, and Silvergelatine-Print, 47.5 x 26 cm, Ed. 7
Waiting: Shenzhen 2 (2014), C-print, 78.5 x 144 cm, Ed. 10, and Silvergelatine-Print, 26 x 47.5 cm, Ed. 7 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Waiting: Shenzhen 2 (2014), C-print, 78.5 x 144 cm, Ed. 10, and Silvergelatine-Print, 26 x 47.5 cm, Ed. 7

Homage to Berlin (2012)

This is the first photographic series by Erin Olaf taken outside the studio and photographed at real places in Berlin. Erwin Olaf was interested to deal with the time between World War I and II (Interbellum). The series consists of approx. 20 photos.


Berlin: Portrait 01 (22. April 2012), C-print, 120 x 90 cm, Ed. 10, and 75 x 56 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Berlin: Portrait 01 (22. April 2012), C-print, 120 x 90 cm, Ed. 10, and 75 x 56 cm, Ed. 10
Berlin: Portrait 02 (12. September 2012), C-print, 120 x 90 cm, Ed. 10, and 75 x 56 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Berlin: Portrait 02 (12. September 2012), C-print, 120 x 90 cm, Ed. 10, and 75 x 56 cm, Ed. 10
Berlin: Portrait 07 (10. July 2012), C-print, 120 x 90 cm, Ed. 10, and 75 x 56 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Berlin: Portrait 07 (10. July 2012), C-print, 120 x 90 cm, Ed. 10, and 75 x 56 cm, Ed. 10
Berlin: Portrait 05 (9. July 2012), C-print, 120 x 90 cm, Ed. 10, and 75 x 56 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Berlin: Portrait 05 (9. July 2012), C-print, 120 x 90 cm, Ed. 10, and 75 x 56 cm, Ed. 10
Berlin: Clärchens Ballhaus, Mitte (10. July 2012), C-print, 120 x 180 cm, Ed. 10, and 60 x 90 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Berlin: Clärchens Ballhaus, Mitte (10. July 2012), C-print, 120 x 180 cm, Ed. 10, and 60 x 90 cm, Ed. 10
Berlin: Fechthalle, Westend (11. July 2012), C-print, 120 x 180 cm, Ed. 10, and 60 x 90 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Berlin: Fechthalle, Westend (11. July 2012), C-print, 120 x 180 cm, Ed. 10, and 60 x 90 cm, Ed. 10
Berlin: Freimaurer-Loge, Dahlem (22. April 2012), C-print, 120 x 180 cm, Ed. 10, and 60 x 90 cm, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Berlin: Freimaurer-Loge, Dahlem (22. April 2012), C-print, 120 x 180 cm, Ed. 10, and 60 x 90 cm, Ed. 10

Fall (2008)

This series of portraits und still lifes consists of 15 works and finds itself in between the former series Rain, Hope and Grief. The character of Fall is melancholic, all persons are lost in reverie.


Fall: Felix (2008), Lambda Print, 141 x 106 cm, Ed. 12 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Fall: Felix (2008), Lambda Print, 141 x 106 cm, Ed. 12
Fall: Nomad (2008), Lambda Print, 141 x 106 cm, Ed. 12 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Fall: Nomad (2008), Lambda Print, 141 x 106 cm, Ed. 12
Fall: Still Life 2 (2008), Lambda Print, 141 x 106 cm, Ed. 12 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Fall: Still Life 2 (2008), Lambda Print, 141 x 106 cm, Ed. 12
Fall: Still Life 4 (2008), Lambda Print, 141 x 106 cm, Ed. 12 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Fall: Still Life 4 (2008), Lambda Print, 141 x 106 cm, Ed. 12
Erwin Olaf

* 1959, Hilversum, The Netherlands

Erwin Olaf's art implicitly visualises the unspoken, the overlooked, that which typically resists easy documentation. Olaf's trademark is to address social issues, taboos and bourgeois conventions within the framework of a highly stylised and cunning mode of imagery. With the aid of his razor-sharp aesthetic intuition, Olaf purposely conceals his themes so that the viewer unconsciously and initially accepts the concealment found in his photo series. Yet in the end, his unconventional style never fails to deliver dramatic visual and emotional impact. By providing scenic and striking design, along with the utmost perfect composition in his typical, immaculate 'Olaf' style, combined with his passion for conceiving flawless scenarios, he vividly captures the essence of contemporary life.

Mixing photo journalism with studio photography, Olaf emerged on the international art scene in 1988, when his series Chessmen was awarded the first prize in the Young European Photographer competition. This award was followed by an exhibition at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany in the same year. In 2016, Erwin Olaf is Artist of the Year of Ruinart.

In his earlier work on the subject of social exclusion Olaf was deliberately disturbing with the intention of raising awareness and he was dedicated towards exploring issues of class, race, sexual taste, beliefs, habits and grace. In the series Rain (2004), Hope (2005), Grief (2007) and Fall (2008) Olaf challenges the notion of domestic bliss. Dusk (2009) and Dawn (2010) show how culture can become repression, despite a beautiful appearance. A similar disengagement takes place in Olaf's Hotel (2010) series in which he explores the subtle range of detached melancholic emotions in dimly-lit exquisitely furnished 1950s hotel rooms. In the series The Siege and Relief of Leiden (2011) Olaf depicts a number of now iconic scenes from the relief and brings the leading figures together in a dramatic setting. Olaf took his inspiration from existing paintings and new research into the experience of the 3rd of October.

Erwin Olaf lives and works in Amsterdam/NL.



Recent Solo Exhibitions

2016
Skin Deep, WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
Erwin Olaf. Homage to Louis Gallait, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moskow, Russia
Catwalk, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Cell of Emotions, CAC Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Málaga, Spain
Gallery KONG, Seoul, South Corea
2015
Skin Deep, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK
Retrospective, Magda Danysz Gallery, Shanghai, China
Waiting: Selections from Erwin Olaf Volume 1 & 2, Hasted Kraeutler, New York, USA
Waiting, Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2014
Fall, Bar Babette in occasion of European Month of Photography curated by WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Erwin Olaf, Chronicle of the Untold, Castle Tophane-i Amire, Istanbul, Turkey
Chronicle of the Untold, Museum CerModern, Ankara, Turkey
Choreography of Emotions, National Museum, Gdansk, Poland
Erwin Olaf, Modem Museum, Debreceen, Hungary
2013
Homage to Berlin, WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
Emotions - Installations till 2012 by Erwin Olaf, La Sucriére, Lyon, France
Erwin Olaf, Hasted Kraeutler, New York, USA
Emotions, Flatland Gallery, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Erwin Olaf - Berlin -, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK
2012
Erwin Olaf, Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Erwin Olaf in Korea, Gallery Kong, Seoul, South Corea
Short Stories -, WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
Jocelyn Lee, Flatland Gallery, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Erwin Olaf Works 2000- 2012, Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong, China
The Dark Side, Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris, France
2011
Dawn & Dusk - Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, BC, Australia
"High Tension" - Carbon 12, Dubai, UAE
Captured Sense - Cer Modern, Ankara, Turkey
2010
Erwin Olaf - Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong, China
Erwin Olaf - Galerie Paris-Beijing, Beijing, China
Vite private di Erwin Olaf - Forma, Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, Milano, Italy
Erwin Olaf, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK
Erwin Olaf - Hotel & Dawn, Hasted Kraeutler, New York, USA



Recent Group Shows

2016
Telling Tales - Contemporary Narrative Photography, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, USAEvil Clowns, Kunstpalais Erlangen, Germany
In Search of the Present, EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland
Divine Decadence, Kasteel von Gaasbeek, Belgium
Lust and Crime, Stadtmuseum Trier, Germany
Dutch Identity, Museum de Fundatje, Zwolle, The Netherlands
2015
Silence Out Loud, Museum Kranenburg, Niederlande
Memory Lab. Photography Challenges History, Musée National d`Histoire et d`Art, Luxemburg, Luxemburg
Memory Lab. Photography Challenges History, European Month of Photography, MUSA, Vienna, Austria
Like a Painting – Vogue, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain
Nirvana/ Les étranges formes du plaisir. Musée Mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland
80 Days of Summer - Stories of Identity, Historische Huizen,Gent, Belgium
Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal, The Ben Maltz Gallery of the Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, USA
Light Box, Fondation Francès, Senlis, France
Sweet 18, Kasteel D'Ursel, Hingene, Belgium
2014
Memory Lab: The Sentimental Turn - Photography Challenges History, in occasion of 6. European Moth of Photography, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
2012
Vanitas Contemorary Reflections, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
I am not Interested in Reality, Group Show on the occasion of the European Month of Photography, WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
megacool 4.0., Künstlerhaus Vienna, Austria
La Peau De L'ours, Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris, France
Guatemphoto - Public spaces, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Paradox: The Limits Of Liberty - Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Knives for dark nights/Armes Blanches Pour Nuits Noires - L'iselp, Brussels, Belgium
Only You Only Me - Images of love, love of the image - 8th International biennial of photography and visual arts in liege, Liege, Belgium
2011
Paris Forever 100th exhibition of the gallery - Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France
No fashion, please! - Kunsthalle Wien (Museumsquartier), Vienna, Austria
Photo Festival Seoul 2011 - The Detour Of The Real - Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Seoul, South Corea
DEAD_Lines - Der Tod in Kunst - Medien - Alltag - Galerie der Stadt Remscheid, Remscheid, Germany
DEAD_Lines - Der Tod in Kunst - Medien - Alltag - Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt Collection - George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, New York, USA
Kunsthalle Darmstadt macht Schule - Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Gambatte Humanity! - Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong, China



Collections

Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Collection Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Flatland Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
FNCA Collection, Paris, France
Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain
George Eastman House, USA
Gemeente Museum, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
Museum DKM, Duisburg, Germany
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sir Elton John Collection, UK and USA
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, The Netherlands


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