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b. 1962, Germany

Olaf Nicolai Biography

Olaf Nicolai (1962, Halle/Saale) studied German Literature and Philology in Leipzig (Germany), Vienna (Austria) and Budapest (Hungary). In 1992, he completed his PhD on 'The Vienna Group' ('Die Wiener Gruppe'). In addition, he completed his diploma at Fachschule für Angewandte Kunst in Schneeberg (Germany). His works and projects have been shown in numerous international solo shows, such as Taxispalais Innsbruck, Austria (2017), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Netherlands (2016), German Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (2015), Musée du Louvre, France (2013), museum angewandte kunst, Frankfurt/ M., Germany (2013), Kunsthalle Münster, Germany (2012), Pinakothek der Moderne München, Germany (2011), Kestnergesellschaft Hannover, Germany (2010), Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Switzerland (2009), Leonhardi Museum Dresden, Germany (2007), Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria (2006), Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2004), Casino Luxembourg (2003), migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zürich, Switzerland (2001), Watari-Um Museum Tokyo, Japan (1998).

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In 2015, Olaf Nicolai participated at the 56th Venice Biennale, exhibiting his seven month long performative installation Giro at the German Pavillon.

His works have been awarded with awards such as the 'Kunstpreis der Stadt Wolfsburg', Germany (2002) or with grants by Villa Aurora/ Los Angeles (2008), the IASPIS (Stockholm, 2000), at PS1 (New York, 1998) or at Villa Massimo, Rome (1997/1998). In 2014, his memorial draft for persecutees by the Nazi-military has been realised at Ballhausplatz in Vienna (Austria), as well as his permanent artistic interior design for the new buildings of the 'Meisterhäuser Gropius and Moholy-Nagy' at Bauhaus Dessau (Germany). In 2017, he has been awarded with the 'Karl-Sczuka-Preis für Radiokunst' for his DOCUMENTA 14 contribution, In the woods there is a bird.... In 2018, he was awarded the Wilhelm-Loth-Preis of the city of Darmstadt, Germany.

Olaf Nicolai currently lives and works in Berlin.

Text courtesy Galerie Eigen + Art.

Olaf Nicolai Featured Artworks

Georg's Pillow, 2007 (Replica of a pillow from George Lukács' sofa in his study at Belgrad Kai, Budapest) (For Parkett 78) by Olaf Nicolai contemporary artwork
Olaf NicolaiGeorg's Pillow, 2007 (Replica of a pillow from George Lukács' sofa in his study at Belgrad Kai, Budapest) (For Parkett 78), 2007(Replica of a pillow from George Lukács’ sofa in his study at Belgrad Kai, Budapest); handwoven pillowcase, hand-dyed sheep's wool and red silk
47 x 51 cm
Parkett Contact Gallery
Diamond Parcel Paper (A#15) by Olaf Nicolai contemporary artwork
Olaf NicolaiDiamond Parcel Paper (A#15), 2019Diamond Parcel Paper, perforated
19 x 16 cm
Galerie Eigen + Art Contact Gallery
GIRO / Forma Cava (2) by Olaf Nicolai contemporary artwork
Olaf NicolaiGIRO / Forma Cava (2), 2015/2018Aircraft plywood on birch plywood, lacquered
50 x 40 cm
Galerie Eigen + Art Contact Gallery
LESSER by Olaf Nicolai contemporary artwork
Olaf NicolaiLESSER, 2017Gaslight system, polished stainless steal
Galerie Eigen + Art Contact Gallery

Olaf Nicolai Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, (SELF) PORTRAITS at Parkett, Zurich
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22 February–30 September 2020 Group Exhibition (SELF) PORTRAITS ParkettZurich Exhibition Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, reloaded at Galerie Eigen + Art, Leipzig
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28 May–15 July 2020 Group Exhibition reloaded Galerie Eigen + ArtLeipzig
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Gifts for you at Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin
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5–19 December 2019 Group Exhibition Gifts for you Galerie Eigen + ArtBerlin

Olaf Nicolai Represented By

Galerie Eigen + Art contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Galerie Eigen + Art Berlin, Leipzig

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