Meet Olaf Breuning, a seriously funny artist with an absurdist sense of humor. Wild, fresh and interesting.
"I am not really a conceptual artist. I like to do stuff out of unknown moments"
Olaf Breuning's photographs, videos, drawings, performances and installations play with codes of mass production with references to publicity, fashion and cinema and “high” and “low” art. Between fiction and reality, fairytales and triviality, nightmare and bad jokes, the artist immerses his viewers decidedly into a pop and kitsch culture which is constantly being revisited. The artist frequently holds up a distorting mirror to his viewer, posing several questions of critique and play.
Olaf Breuning (b. 1970, Switzerland) lives and works in New York. Breuning's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions including the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland (2013); Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York (2012); Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland (2010); Migros Musuem für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich (2007); Centre d’Art Contemporain Georges Pompidou, Paris (2006); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2005); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2004); and Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, France (2003). Breuning has also been included in numerous group exhibitions such as: The Circus as a Parallel Universe, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2012); Liverpool Biennial, United Kingdom (2012); 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011); Whitney Biennial 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008); Looking At Music, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); Destroy Athens, 1st Athens Bienniale, Athens (2007); All About Laughter, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2005); Let’s Entertain, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2000), among others. Breuning is represented by Metro Pictures in New York, Niels Stærk in Copenhagen and Michael Benevento Gallery, LA.
Olaf Breuning | filmed by Out of Sync | NYC May 2013
Interview | Jesper Bundgaard
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync
Artworks courtesy | Olaf Breuning | Metro Pictures Gallery
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