Erwin Olaf “Annus Mirabilis”

The Museum of Kyoto

poster for Erwin Olaf “Annus Mirabilis”
[Image: Erwin Olaf "Im Wald, Porträt VII" (2020) ©︎ Erwin Olaf]

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Born in 1959 in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam.
Erwin Olaf is an internationally 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.
Venue: The Museum of Kyoto Annex



from September 18, 2021 to October 17, 2021
Exhibition Hours 10:00-19:00. Closed on September 21, 27, October 4 and 11.


Erwin Olaf



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