Erwin Olaf


Born in 1959 in The Netherlands
Lives and works in The Netherlands

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2013
“Emotions”, Flatland gallery, Utrecht
“Emotions – Installations till 2012”, La Sucrière, Lyon
Hasted Kraeutler, New York
Hamiltons Gallery, London
2012
“Regressive”, MMKA: Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem
“Short Stories”, Galerie Wagner + Partner, Berlin
“The Dark Side”, Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris
“Jocelyn Lee”, Flatland Gallery, Utrecht
2011
“Dawn and Dusk”, Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, BC
“High tension”, Carbon 12, Dubai


“Captured Sense”, Cer Modern, Turkey
2010
“Erwin Olaf,” Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong
“Private Lives Erwin Olaf,” Center of Photography, Milan
Hamiltons Gallery, London
“Hotel & Dawn,” Hasted Kraeutler, New York City
2009
Ruarts Gallery, Moscow
“Darts Of Pleasure”, Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca
Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris
“Moving Targets”, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa
“Photo”, Nueveochenta, Bogota
“A Choreography of Emotions”, Langhans Galerie, Prague
“Eye Candy 1984-2009”, Fotomuseum Antwerpen, Antwerp
“Dusk & Dawn”, Galería espacio mínimo, Madrid
“Dusk”, Flatland Gallery, Utrecht
2008
“Hope”, M² – Metroquadro, Rivoli, Italy
“Fall”, Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong
Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Hamiltons Gallery, London
“Rain, Hope, Grief, & Fall”, Fotomuseum Den Haag, The Hague
“Still Living”, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, USA
“Grief”, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris
Space E6, Shenzhen
“Grief”, Flatland Gallery + Magda Danysz, Paris
2007
M+B, Los Angeles
Galerie Alex Daniels/Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
“Grief”, Hasted Kraeutler, New York City
2006
Galerie Olivier Houg, Lyon
“Elegance and Perversity”, The John Curtin Gallery, Perth
“Flash back”, B&D Studio Contemporanea, Milan
Hasted Kraeutler, New York City
Flatland Gallery, Utrecht
2005
Galería Espacio Mínimo, Madrid
“Moving Targets”, Netherlands Media Art Institute Montevideo, Amsterdam
“Viritatis Splendor Photographs of 1988 – 2003”, Muzeum Sztuki Lodz, Lodz
“Elegance & Perversity”, Centre for Photography, Sydney

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2013
Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris
“La Colección de Alicia Aza en el Museo Lázaro”, Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid
“De madonna a Madonna. (De)construcciones de lo femenino en la sociedad contemporánea”, DA2: Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca
2012
“I am not interested in Reality”, Galerie Wagner + Partner, Berlin
“Megacool 4.0”, Jugend und Kunst, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna
“La Peau De L’ours – Group Show”, Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris
2011
Paris Forever 100th exhibition of the gallery – Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris
“No fashion, please”, Kunsthalle Wien (Museumsquartier), Vienna
“The Detour Of The Real”, Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Seoul
“Dead Lines”, Der Tod in Kunst, Medien, Alltag, Galerie der Stadt Remscheid, Remscheid
“Dead Lines”, Der Tod in Kunst, Medien, Alltag, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal
The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M Hunt Collection”, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, New York
Kunsthalle Darmstadt macht Schule, Darmstadt
“Gambatte Humanity”, Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong
2010
“The unbearable lightness of being”, Carbon 12, Dubai


“High Drama: Works from the Collection of Hugo & Carla Brown”, The Dutch Cultural Pop-Up Space, London
“Best of Wonderland”, Wonderland Art Space, Copenhagen
“Cinema X: I Like to Watch”, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto
“Sound moves” Meermanno Museum, The Hague
“Atopia – Art and the City in the 21st Century”, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona
“The pictures in defense of beauty,” Metropolitan Art Space Torrent, Torrent, United States
“Decadence Now, Visions of Excess”, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
2009
“The Core Marrow of Art”, Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong
“Something for Everyone”, Hamiltons Gallery, London
“Michael Matthys – Family of Aang – In dialogue with images of the series “Royal Blood” by Erwin Olaf”, Fondation France, Senlis
“Beauty Farm – The beauty of the body between idealization and obsession”, Durini Foundation, Milan
“Faces”, 18 Gallery, Shanghai
“Wild Exaggeration – The Grotesque Body in Contemporary Art”, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa
“Dutch Seen: New York Rediscovered”, Museum of the City of New York, New York City
“The Non-Age”, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur
“Vision – View on Life”, Darmstadt Days of Photography eV, Darmstadt
“All that is Solid Melts into Air”, Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp
“Short History of Photography”, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela
2008
“Urbanity”, Galerie Girls Calvary, Paris
“Just Different”, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen
“Overkill”, Wonderland Art Space, Copenhagen
“Bloody Beautiful ( Part #2 )”, Ronmandos, Amsterdam
2007
“Intimate Strangers”, Barton Art Galleries, Wilson
“Exotica”, – Flatland Gallery, Utrecht
“De 99 tot 999 euro show”, Buro Dijkstra Art Gallery, Rotterdam
“15 years is my love,” minimum space Gallery, Madrid
“NYC Photo”, Phillips de Pury & Company, New York City
“Dangerous Beauty”, Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Naples
“Play”, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris
“Contact – Toronto Photography Festival”, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto
“Reality bites”, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin
“Contour / Continuity, Present and Past”, Stedelijk Museum Prinsenhof, Delft
“Dangerous Beauty”, Chelsea Art Museum, New York City
“Oog/Eye”, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam
“Expressive Bodies”, The Kinsey Institute Gallery, Bloomington
2006
“Curator for one day”, Media Art Institute, Amsterdam
“The Italian lure”, the Valkhof Museum, Nijmegen
“Real Spaces, fictitious spaces”, Ordóñez Falcón Foundation Center of Photography, San Sebastian
“Cross Referenced Messages – Talk with Reality in Time”, Atrium Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz
“Netherland Now – The Northern School”, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
“Catharsis – Ritual purification – V Collection”, Artium, Basque Centre Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz
“Nostalgia”, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris
2005
“The Hell of the Beautifull”, DA2 – Domus Artium
“Gorgeous is not Good Enough”, Contemporary Art Space, Milan
“The Other Europe – On Art and Political Incorrectness”, Gallery S.E, Bergen

Collections (selected)

Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
Groninger Museum, Groningen
Gemeente museum, Den Haag
North Carolina Museum Of Art, Raleigh, USA
Art Progressive Collection, USA
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Collezione La Gaia, Piedmont, Italy
Collezione Lavazza, Torino
Collezione Lanfranchi, Milano
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Museum Artium, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Fundacio Foto Colectania, Spain
Centraal Museum, Utrecht
Blue Collection, Switzerland
Arad Collection, London, England
Inelcom Collection, Spain
Coff Collection, Spain
Scheringa Museum, Spanbroek
Martin Margulies Collection, USA
Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
Caldic Collection
FNAC Collection, Paris
REFI VENTE Privee Collection, Paris

Awards/Grants

2011 Johannes Vermeer state prize, The Netherlands
2005 PDN Award for The Hairdresser’s (Rain series)
2003 Grote Paul Award for most famous Dutch photographer
2001 Silver Lion award for Heineken advertisement
1999 PANL award, Members choice


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