Olaf Breuning

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Olaf Breuning
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Born1970 (age 48–49)
EducationWeiterbildungsklasse Fotographie, Höhere Schule für Gestaltung
Known forArtist, Sculpture, Drawing, Photography, Video

Olaf Breuning (born February 16, 1970)[1] is a Swiss-born artist, born in Schaffhausen[1], who lives in New York City.


  • Home 1/Home 2 (2004/7)--30 minute video starring Brian Kerstetter. Home 1 is presented as a double-projection, where the main character can no longer distinguish the difference between reality and fiction. He wanders around a hotel room telling stories about himself and other people to the camera. As he tells the stories, they are simultaneously seen on the opposite screen. In Home 2 Brian Kerstetter plays an ignorant tourist staggering around the world from Switzerland to Africa and Japan to Papua New Guinea, crashing his western mentality upon the exotic places he goes.
  • Ugly Yelp (2000), Apes (2001), King (2001), Hello Darkness (2002)--With these installations, Breuning creates theatrical atmospheres using sound, video and light. These installations have been shown in many museums and are owned by collections internationally.
  • Easter Bunnies (2004)--A photograph created on Easter Island, transforming the Moais sculptures into Easter bunnies by setting up rabbit ears on C-stands in the extreme foreground.
  • Sibylle (1998)-- Photograph of a female model lying on a table, whose body has been affected by cultural references to Matthew Barney, Cindy Sherman, Pablo Picasso, and others, resulting a creepily mutilated creature.
  • Smoke Bombs (2008)--Exemplifies Breuning's photographic technique of leaving the mess of production within frame, allowing the viewer to see behind the scenes of the production.


Group exhibitions (selected)[edit]

In recent years he has exhibited his works at many group shows around the world, including The Somerset House, London; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; Tinguely Museum, Basel; Nelson–Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Musée Rath, Geneva and many other venues. Some of them are listed below:[2]



  • Ursula Palla und Olaf Breuning. Hin und Her, Binz 39, Zurich, CH[4]
  • Métamatic Reloaded, Tinguely Museum, Basel, CH[5]
  • La realtà non è un luogo comune. Fotografie e video della Collezione d'arte della Julius Baer, Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano, CH[6]





  • Darkside II. Fotografische Macht und fotografierte Gewalt, Krankheit und Tod, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, CH[13]
  • 200 Artworks. 25 Years Artists, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, JP (catalogue ISBN 390758225X)


  • When fears become form, Centre d'art Neuchâtel (CAN), Neuchâtel, CH[14]
  • Sammlung/Collection Migros Museum für Gegenwartkunst Zürich 1978-2008, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, CH[15]
  • Whitney Biennial 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US[16]




  • Urban Diaries. Young Swiss Art, Alcalá 31, Madrid, ESP[24]
  • M_ARS. Kunst und Krieg, de:Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, AU[25]








  1. ^ a b SIK ISEA, Olaf Breuning
  2. ^ SIK ISEA, Olaf Breuning (Ausstellungen)
  3. ^ Saiten, Das Fremde ist nur in der Fremde fremd, by Katharina Flieger, October 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Stiftung Binz39". www.binz39.ch.
  5. ^ "Museum Tinguely - Metamatic". www.tinguely.ch.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-02. Retrieved 2017-06-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Holzwege. Sentieri erranti. Arte svizzera dalla collezione della Mobiliare - SIKART Lexikon zur Kunst in der Schweiz". www.sikart.ch.
  8. ^ "Home". www.kunsthallewien.at.
  9. ^ St.Gallen, Kunstmuseum. "Through the Looking Brain – Kunstmuseum St.Gallen". www.kunstmuseumsg.ch.
  10. ^ "Incongru. Quand l'art fait rire de - Exhibition / Ausstellung in Lausanne". www.art-report.com.
  11. ^ "THROUGH THE LOOKING BRAIN: Kunstmuseum Bonn". www.kunstmuseum-bonn.de.
  12. ^ "PressArt. Die Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel".
  13. ^ "Darkside II – Fotografische Macht und fotografierte Gewalt, Krankheit und Tod - Ausstellungen - Entdecken - Fotomuseum Winterthur". www.fotomuseum.ch.
  14. ^ "CAN / Archives". www.can.ch.
  15. ^ "Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst–Sammlung - Collection". www.migrosmuseum.ch.
  16. ^ "Whitney Biennial 2008 - Whitney Museum of American Art". www.whitney.org.
  17. ^ Muehlheim, Didier. "12th BIM". www.centreimage.ch.
  18. ^ "What We Bought".
  19. ^ Villarreal, Ignacio. "All About Laughter: Humor in Contemporary Art". artdaily.com.
  20. ^ 7, Kunstmuseum Bern, Hodlerstrasse 8–12, CH-3000 Bern. "Six Feet Under "Autopsie unseres Umgangs mit Toten"". Kunstmuseum Bern.
  21. ^ "Imagination Becomes RealityPart IV: Borrowed Images - Sammlung Goetz". www.sammlung-goetz.de.
  22. ^ [1][dead link]
  23. ^ "Some Tribes".
  24. ^ "www.likeyou.com - Urban Diaries : Young Swiss Art - Comunidad de Madrid". old.likeyou.com.
  25. ^ "M_ARS - Ausstellung - Neue Galerie Graz". www.museum-joanneum.at.
  26. ^ Annelise Zwez about the exhibition
  27. ^ "MoMA.org - Interactives - Exhibitions - 2001 - Collaborations with Parkett". www.moma.org.
  28. ^ Annelise Zwez about the exhibition
  29. ^ "Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst–Let's Be Friends". www.migrosmuseum.ch.
  30. ^ [2][dead link]
  31. ^ "Reality Bytes. Der medial vermittelte Blick".
  32. ^ "Eidgenössische Preise für freie Kunst 1999 - Kunsthalle Zürich". kunsthallezurich.ch.

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