3803 Mal gesehen

Datum der Aufzeichnung: 23.04.2016

Ort: TQW / Studios

Im Rahmen von: SCORES N°11 / / Atelier EDN - European Dancehouse Network: ARCHIVES TO COME



Olaf Nicolai questions the archive on its (own) capacity to produce, as a means of production. Via his work Szondi/Eden he shows, that documents and materials of an archive are not to be understood as static; rather as subjects they oscillate between their ascribed reference status and their potential to relocate themselves within communications, when their sources are understood as versatile.








Olaf Nicolai currently lives and works in Berlin and completed a PHD in comparative literature and linguistics at the Karl-Marx-University, Leipzig on the theme of ‘The Vienna Group. Gesture Between Calculation and Expression’ (1992). He has exhibited in an international context since the early 1990s and in 1997 was invited to take part in documenta X. He develops diverse interdisciplinary projects which thematise the fundamental experiences of space, time and physicality. His latest works include, among others, ‘Speculation About Two Unidentified Objects’, Fondation Lafayette (2014), ‘Le pigment de la lumière’, designs for the interiors of the new Gropius and Moholy-Nagy Masters’ Houses, Bauhaus Dessau (2014) and ‘Escalier du Chant’, Musée du Louvre, Paris (2013). In 2015 he was invited to contribute to the German Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia with his project ‘GIRO’. Since 2011 he is Professor of Sculpture and Fundamentals of Three-Dimensional Design at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.


His works have received awards from, among others, the Art Prize of the City of Wolfsburg (2002), the Villa Aurora Grant in Los Angeles (2008), IASPIS (Stockholm, 2000), PS1 (New York, 1998), Villa Massimo (1997/98) and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation at the Study Centre for Art and Science in Venice (1993).


Artistic works and projects have been shown in numerous international solo presentations including, among others: GIRO, German Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015), Le pigment de la lumière, Masters’ Houses Gropius and Moholy-Nagy, Bauhaus Dessau (permanent since 2014), Fondation Lafayette, Paris (2014), Musée de Louvre, Paris (2013), Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/ Main (2013), Kunsthalle Münster (solo exhibition, 2012), Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2011), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2008), Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich (2008), Kunstverein Hamburg (2007), Kunstraum Dornbirn (2006), Kunstmuseum Thun (2004), Casino Luxembourg (2003), Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich (2001), Watari-Um Museum, Tokyo (1998). Group and institutional exhibitions in which he has taken part include, among others: Berlin Biennale 8 (2014), ‘Zeichen und Wunder’, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna (2013), Busan Biennale (2012), Hayward Gallery, London (2012), Neues Museum, Nuremberg (2012), Biennale Curitiba (2011), the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2011), Kunsthalle Fridericianum (2011), Kunsthalle Hamburg (2011), Royal Academy, London (2008), Athens Biennal (2007), the 51st Venice Biennial (2005), the 4th Gwangju Biennale (2002), Biennale Sydney (2002), the 49th Venice Biennale (2001), ‘etre nature’, Fondation Cartier (Paris, 1998) and documenta X (Kassel, 1997).






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