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Basic Data

Olaf Nicolai is one of the leading German artists of the contemporary. Olaf Nicolai comes from Halle an der Saale, Saxony-Anhalt. His interested in fine arts is paired with a passion for languages. Olaf Nicolai studied German studies, but priorly attended an evening course at the Fachhochschule für angewandte Künste Schneeberg.

  • Born: 1962
  • Place of birth: Halle an der Saale, Saxony-Anhalt
  • Nationality: German
  • Studied at: Universität Leipzig
  • Similar artists: Carsten Nicolai, Via Lewandowsky
  • Era: Contemporary art
  • Stylistic direction: Conceptual art, figurative art

Olaf Nicolai is considered to be an important representative of contemporary art in Germany. 

 

Collections

Germany

 

Austria

 

Switzerland

 

Spain

 

USA

 

Exhibitions

  • 30.04.2016 - 21.12.2019 Olaf Nicolai. Baraque de Chantier - Kunstmuseum Thurgau.
  • 01.03.2019 - 11.09.2019 HYPER! - Deichtorhallen Hamburg.
  • 21.11.2019 - 27.01.2019 Revolutionize. Reflections on revolutionary history unfolding in the present - Mystetskyi Arsenal Kiev.
  • 13.07.2018 - 07.10.2018 Olaf Nicolai. There Is No Place Before Arrival - Kunsthalle Vienna.
  • 16.06.2018 - 09.09.2018 Olaf Nicolai - Chant d'Amour - Kunsthalle Bielefeld.
  • 08.11.2017 -  28.01.2018 Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989–2017 - Kunsthalle Vienna.

 

Awards

  • 2018: Wilhelm-Loth-Prize, Darmstadt.
  • 2017: Karl-Sczuka-Prize, Baden-Baden.
  • 2002: Artprize 'Junge Stadt sieht junge Kunst', Wolfsburg.
  • 1999: Bremer Artprize.
  • 1998: Fellowship Villa Massimo, Rome.
  • 1996: Botho-Graef-Prize, Jena.

 

Literature

  • 30 Farben: language of color, exhibition catalog, Bonner Kunstverein (Publ.), Leipzig 2019.
  • Olaf Nicolai: Enjoy, Survive - Survive, Enjoy, exhibition catalog, Robert Klanten (Publ.), Leipzig 2019.
  • Le pigment de la lumière, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (Publ.), Leipzig 2015.
  • Dopplereffekt. Bilder in Kunst und Wissenschaft, exhibition catalog. Petra Gördüren, Dirk Luckow (Publ.), Kiel 2010.
  • Olaf Nicolai, "rewind" - forward", exhibition catalog, Susanne Pfleger (Publ.), Ostfildern-Ruit 2003.
  • Bubblegram - a street surfing painting, exhibition catalog, Kunsthaus Bregenz (Publ.), Berlin 2000.

 

Own Writings

  • Wir schauen auf die Wolken in den Bildern, sie halten uns gesund, exhibition catalog, Olaf Nicolai with Maximilian Schachter, Vienna 2019.
  • Four times through the labyrinth, Olaf Nicolai & Jan Wenzel, Leipzig, Zurich 2012.
  • Noms de guerres, Olaf Nicolai, Leipzig 2012.
  • Constantin, Olaf Nicolai, Leipzig 2008.

 

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