올라프  Erwin Olaf


21세기 네덜란드를 대표하는 사진작가 어윈올라프는 현대 사회에서 마주하는 인종, 신분, 동성애, 종교, 관습 등의 문제들을 아주 날카로운 미적 직관을 통해 자유롭게 표현하면서 관객들로 하여금 아무런 의문을 제기하지 않았던 일상에 질문을 던지며 인간 본질에 대해 성찰하게 하는 작업을 한다. 그는 기존 사회문제들을 다루었던 다큐멘터리 사진 작가들의 다소 무겁고 신랄한 이미지들에서 벗어나, 대중적 취향과 표현적 자유의 한계를 뛰어 넘는 다양한 실험을 40년 동안 해 왔다.

2019년, 60세 생일을 맞은 어윈 올라프를 위해 네덜란드 정부는 중요한 미술관 전시회들을 개최했다. 특히, 헤이그 시립미술관에서 대대적으로 열린 그의 회고전에는 30만 명이 넘는 관람객이 다녀가는 역사적인 기록을 남겼다.  또한 네덜란드 최고의 국립 미술관 라익스 Rijksmuseum 는 어윈 올라프의 작품을 500점 넘게 소장하고 렘브란트, 얀 스테인 등의 17세기 네덜란드 황금시대를 대표하는 거장들의 회화작품과 어윈 올라프의 사진작품을 나란히 선보이는 전시회를 열었다. 이 전시회 오프닝에는 네덜란드 시장이 직접 참여하여 기사 작위의 황금사자훈장을 작가에게 수여했다.


사진, 영상이라는 현대적 매체로 네덜란드 미술사의 과거와 미래를 잇는 21세기를 대표하는 작가로 어윈 올라프의 이름을 역사에 올리는 의미 심장한 전시회였다. 이 전시는 2020년 뮌헨 미술관을 시작으로 전 세계 순회 전을 계획하고 있다.

현재 그의 작품은 네덜란드 국립미술관 라익스 Rijksmuseum, 국립 현대 미술관 스테델릭 Stedelijk Museum, 독일 쾰른의 루드빅 미술관, 미국 조지 이스트만 하우스, 상하이 사진 미술관, 엘튼 존 컬렉션 등에 영구 소장되었다.


B.1959, Netherlands




Education

1980  

Utrecht School for Journalism, Utrecht, The Netherlands 

       

  


Selected Awards

2019

Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion


2008 

Lucie Awards Erwin Olaf is awarded the Lucie Award for his achievement in advertising.


2006  

International Color Awards Erwin Olaf is awarded the first place, 'Outstanding Achievement', by the International Color Awards, Masters Of Color Photography.


2005  

Photography Annual Award The Hairdresser's, from the series 'Rain', is awarded a Photography Annual Award by the Photo District News.


2004  

Awarded Silver, AOP Separation is awarded Silver by The Association of Photographers in London. 


2003  

Paradise The Club, Merit The Association of Photographers, London The Association of Photographers, London

Grote Paul Erwin Olaf is awarded a special award for the number one ranking the Dutch Top-40 photographers.

Photography District New York Nicorette advertising, New York The Nicorette-series is awarded with 'Gold' by the PDN


2001  

Silver Lion Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival One of the photographs from the Heineken-series is awarded a Silver Lion at the Cannes Lions International Advertising


1999  

Silver Lion Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. One of the pictures of the 1999 Diesel campaign is awarded a Silver Lion at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in 1999.


1988  

First Prize Young European Photographers Young European Photographers, Deutsche Leasung AG Bad Homburg. The series "Chessmen" is awarded the first prize in the Young European   Photographers selection.




Public Collections 

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga Málaga, Spain

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León León, Spain

HBC Photo Collection New York, USA

Neuflize Vie Collections Paris, France

Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art Luxembourg Luxembourg

Fotomuseo Bogota, Colombia

Koo House Seojong-Myeon, South Korea

Collezione Ettore Molinario Italy

21c Museum USA

Susanne von Meiss Collection Germany

Museum Arnhem Arnhem, The Netherlands

Fnac Collection  Paris, France

Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean Luxembourg

Sir Elton John Collection  UK and USA

Gemeente Museum Den Haag The Hague, The Netherlands

Collezione Ettore Molinario Milan, Italy

Banco Espirito Santo  Lisbon, Portugal

The Franks-Suss Collection  UK

George Eastman Museum  New York, USA

North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh, USA

West Collection Philadelphia, USA

Museum Ludwig Cologne, Germany

Groninger Museum  Groningen, The Netherlands

Rabobank  Amsterdam,The Netherlands

Art Progressive Collection  USA

Deutsche Leasing AG  Bad Homburg, Germany

ING Art Collection  The Netherlands

Caldic Collection  The Netherlands

Fondation Francès  Senlis, France

Orefi- Vente-Privee Philadelphia, USA

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam  Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Artium Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Randstad Collection The Netherlands

Foto Colectania  Barcelona, Spain

Eye Film Museum  Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Centraal Museum  Utrecht, The Netherlands

Gaasbeek Castle Lennik, Belgium

Blue Collection  Switzerland

Arad Collection  London, UK

Inelcom Collection  Spain

Coff Collection  Spain

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse Miami, USA

Celio  Paris, France

Rosenblum Collection Paris, France

Salsali Private Museum Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ministry of Foreign Affairs  The Hague, The Netherlands

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art New York, USA

Radboud University Medical Centre Collection Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Generali Art Collection  Diemen, The Netherlands

Ars Fundum Madrid, Spain

Wittenstein AG Igersheim, Germany

Museum de Lakenhal Leiden, The Netherlands

Collezione Lanfranchi  Milan, Italy

Fonds National d'Art Contemporain Paris, France

Van Vlissingen Collection Switzerland

Wiyu Wahono Collection Indonesia

The Pushkin Museum  Moscow, Russia

Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art Saint- Petersburg, Russia

Fitchburg Art Museum Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA

Seavest Collection United States of America    




Selected Solo Exhbitions

2019 

K.O.N.G. gallery, SEOUL, KOREA

Palm Springs, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

12 x Erwin Olaf, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Erwin Olaf, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag Erwin Olaf, Fotomuseum Den Haag

Parallel: Erwin Olaf, Shanghai Center of Photography, Shanghai

Parallel: Erwin Olaf, Xie Zilong Photography Museum, Changsha, Hunan, China

40 Years of Erwin Olaf, Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris


2018

Harmony of Dissonances. Obsession for Perfection., Erarta Museum, Saint Petersburg Tensão (Tension)

Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo


2017 

Human & Nature, Gallery Kong, Seoul


2016 

Cell of Emotions, Centro de Arte Contemporáno de Málaga, Spain

Four Series, National Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, Gallery Kong, Seoul, South Korea

Homage to Louis Gallait, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow


2015 

Erwin Olaf: The Empire of Illusion, Museo Castagnino, Rosario, Argentina

Retrospective, Fundação Oriente, Macau, China

Waiting, Museum Arnhem, The Netherlands


2014 

Erwin Olaf: Breakfast in America, Museum of New Art, Detroit

Erwin Olaf: Karussell, MODEM Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, Debrecen, Hungary

Erwin Olaf: The Empire of Illusion, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile

Choreography of Emotions, Muzeum Narodowew Gdańsk, Poland


2013 

Emotions: Installations till 2012, La Sucrière, Lyon, France


2012 

Regressive, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (now Museum Arnhem), The Netherlands

Exquisite Corpses, Gaasbeek Castle, Gaasbeek, Belgium


2011 

Erwin Olaf: Captured Senses, CerModern, Ankara, Turkey


2010 

Dusk and Dawn, Hermitage Amsterdam

Vite Private, Fondazione FORMA, Milan

A Journey to Excellence, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


2009 

Erwin Olaf: Moving Targets, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel

Darts of Pleasure, Domus Artium 2002 (DA2), Salamanca, Spain

Photographie & Video: Rain, Hope, Grief, Fall et d’autres Oeuvres, Institut Néerlandais, Paris

EyeCandy: 1984–2009, Fotomuseum Provincie Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium


2008 

Still Living: Structure, Surface and Expression, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Rain Hope Grief and Fall, Fotomuseum Den Haag Erwin Olaf, Space E6, Shenzhen, China


2005 

Elegance and Perversity, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

Fashion and Style in Photography 2005, Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Imitation of Life, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy

Moving Targets, MonteVideo (now Netherlands Media Art Institute), Amsterdam