Olaf Breuning is known for his impressive pictorial worlds and his ironic views on a reality that is shaped by the media. His photographs, videos, drawings and installations make use of a shared visual language and mix symbols from the world of pop and the media with icons of high culture. Somewhere between humour and a painful seriousness, they make us aware of our consumerism, Western stereotypes and gender clichés and analyse the relationship between art and kitsch, reality and illusion, authenticity and artificiality. Over a space of more than 600 square metres, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf will dedicate the biggest retrospective to date, including all important work cycles from the past 15 years, to the Swiss-born artist now living in New York. It is the first solo exhibition curated by Alain Bieber as artistic director of the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf.
We met Olaf Breuning during his setup of the retrospective show at the NRW-Forum in 2016. Many thanks!
photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS