Erwin Olaf

Annus Mirabilis

supported by MATSUSHIMA
Co-organizer: Kyoto Prefecture

The Museum of Kyoto Annex
10:00–19:00 | Closed: 9/21, 27, 10/4, 11

Adult ¥1,200
Students ¥900 (Please present your student ID)

* Admission accepted 30 mins before the venue closes.

Erwin Olaf, Im Wald, Am Wasserfall, 2020 ©︎ Erwin Olaf

Erwin Olaf, Im Wald, Porträt VII, 2020 ©︎ Erwin Olaf

Erwin Olaf, April Fool 2020, 9.45am, 2020 ©︎ Erwin Olaf

Born in 1959 in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam.
Erwin Olaf is an internationaly exhibiting artist whose diverse practice centers around society’s marginalized individuals, including women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. In 2019 Olaf became a Knight of the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands after 500 works from his oeuvre were added to the collection of the Rijksmuseum.
This KYOTOGRAPHIE exhibition will feature the latest work made in 2020. Mainly consisting of two major series - the portraits and scenery photography from “Im Wald (in the forest)”, the video and the photography work from “April Fool”. In the series “Im Wald”, a number of photographs are inspired by Romantic paintings from the 19th century, created in Northern Europe, depicting the indifferent power of nature, the human arrogance towards that same nature and the endless need for displacements, with the enormous consequences thereof. In “April Fool”, Olaf himself became a model being watched by cameras as if it’s a photographic and video work of a human being’s daily life during the self-quarantine in a pandemic crisis. In addition to that, a slideshow of the selected representative works over the years will be also presented.

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The Museum of Kyoto Annex
Sanjo-Takakura, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Subway Karasuma Line or Tozai Line “Karasuma Oike” station. 3 min on foot from Exit 5

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