Erwin Olaf (*1959) is one of the most renowned contemporary artists in the Netherlands. The Kunsthalle München is now staging the first, large-scale solo exhibition dedicated to his oeuvre in Germany. Selected photographs, short films, sculptures and multimedia installations from a career spanning over forty years trace Olaf’s artistic development from analogue to digital techniques, from the rebellious photojournalist of the 1980s to the sophisticated storyteller of the 2000s.
For his pictures, Olaf creates a world that bears a striking resemblance to ours except that is orchestrated down to the smallest detail, its very artificiality rendering it enigmatic. Although they embrace the aesthetics of the film and advertising industries, the works are only flawlessly graphic on the surface, they raise questions concerning democracy, equal rights and self-determination. Olaf uses clichés and stereotypes to challenge the power of images in our society – sometimes tongue-in-cheek, always appealing, but never trivial …
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The exhibition is accompanied by a free audio tour (de / en) with comments by the artist Erwin Olaf.
The German version is already available here.
This exhibition contains several images with nudes. Especially in the second gallery, some photos could be disturbing to children.