Erwin Olaf. Strange Beauty

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 …

On the occasion of his first solo exhibition in Germany, this catalogue explains key aspects of Olaf’s artistic work. At the same time, it offers an attractive overview of his multifaceted work over the past forty years. Olaf’s most recent works, which were specially created for the exhibition in the Kunsthalle Munich, are also published here.

Edited by Roger Diederen and Anja Huber.

With contributions by Daniel Hornuff, Anja Huber, Claudia Peppel, Franziska Stöhr and Estelle Vallender.

240 pages, 300 colour illustrations, 24 x 30 cm, hardcover, was published in March 2021 by Hatje Cantz.

Available now at the Kunsthalle in german and english Language.

Price at the Kunsthalle: 39

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