Known for pushing the boundaries of humor and artistic practice, Olaf Breuning draws inspiration for his art from pop culture. He creates photographs, films, sculptures, and installations that combine contemporary aesthetics with primal urges—violence, sexuality, and companionship—and the resulting work is often both absurd and hilarious. Breuning says, "Well, I would like to be perfect, but I think art shows me that whatever technology I use, my personality pushes through and there we are... something is not perfect. I like that. We are finally human."
Breuning has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Swiss Institute in New York, the Migros Museum in Zurich, the Australian Center of Photography in Sydney, and the Centre d’Art Contemporain in La Chapelle du Geneteil, France, among others. Selected group exhibitions include those staged at White Box in New York, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, and Oslo’s National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, as well as the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art.
Olaf Breuning Gallery Art
Metro Pictures Gallery, New York, NY
Nils Staerk, København, Denmark
Carbon 12, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
AROS, Aarhus, Denmark
Collection Rignier, Zurich, Switzerland
Collection Schweizer Rück, Zürich, Switzerland
Collezione La Gaia, Brusca, Italy
Elipse Foundation, Lisabon, Portugal
FRAC, Bourgogne, France
Grafische Sammlung des Museums für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland
Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Saatchi Collection, London, England