Olaf Breuning

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Olaf Breuning
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Born 1970 (age 44–45)
Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss
Education Weiterbildungsklasse Fotographie, Höhere Schule für Gestaltung
Known for Artist, Sculpture, Drawing, Photography, Video

Olaf Breuning (born 1970) is a Swiss-born artist who lives in New York.


  • 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.



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



Home 3 Screening, The Modern Institute Oxford, Oxford, UK Home 3 Screening, ICA London, London, UK Home 1/2/3, Metro Pictures, New York, US Camelops Femina, Carbon 12, Dubai, AE The Grid, Paul Klee Museum, Bern, CH Home 3, IMA Brisbane, Brisbane, AU


Home 3 Screening, Swiss Institute, New York, US Home 2, IMA Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, AU Human / Nature, Box, Pippy Houldsword Gallery, London, GB


Art Freaks, Metro Pictures, NY Art Freaks Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR Art Freaks, Kodama Gallery, Kyoto, JP


Nicola von Senger Gallery, Zürich, CH Art in The Park VI, Baur au Lac Park, Zürich, CH Centre d’Art Contemporain, La Chapelle du Geneteil, FR Nils Staerk Gallery, DK Yes? No?, KunstMuseum Luzern, Luzern, CH


Small Brain, Big Stomach, Metro Pictures, New York Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, CA Kodama Gallery, Kyoto and Tokyo, JP Langhans Gallery, Prague, CZ


Metro Pictures, New York, OMG, Conduits Gallery, Milan, IT Art Projects for Miami Basel, Miami Beach, FL Galerie Lucy Mackintosh, Lausanne, CH


Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zürich, CH Migros Museum, Zürich, CH Bunker Sztuki, Krakow, PL Kodama Gallery, Tokyo, JP Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, AU Gertrude, Melbourne, AU


Wolfsberg, Wolfsberg, CH Vidéokiosque, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Paris, FR IMA, Brisbane, AU Group, Window of Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK Home, Sketch, London, UK


Metro Pictures, New York Galerie Air de Paris, Paris, FR Chapter Visual Arts, Cardiff, GB Chisenhale, London, UK Filmabend: Home, Kunst-Büro, Lupiod Lounge, Munich, DE Galerie Meyer & Kainer, Vienna, AT Nicola von Senger Galerie, Zürich, CH Kodama Gallery, Osaka, JP


Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK Kodama Gallery, Tokyo, JP The New Stedelijk Museum CS/ Auditorium, Amsterdam, NL Olaf Breuning-vidéos, Association EDV, Toulouse, FR Olaf Breuning-films, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES Home, Metro Pictures, New York Magasin- Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, FR


Museo Garillo Gil, Mexico City, MX Under the Bridge, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg, FR Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, CH Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin, DE


Swiss Institute, Hello Darkness, New York Ars Futura Galerie, Zürich, CH


Metro Pictures, New York Galerie Meyer & Kainer, Vienna, AT Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin, DE Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, DE Hello Darkness, Swiss Institute, New York Artspace, Auckland, NZ Galerie Air de Paris, Paris, FR Apes, Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, CH


Ugly Yelp, Ars Futura Galerie, Zürich, CH Air de Paris, Paris, FR


Woodworld, Centre d‘art Contemporain, Geneva, CH They Live! ArsFutura Galerie, Zürich, CH


Woodworld, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, CH Schlund/Chris Croft, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, St. Gallen, CH


Waldfest, BINZ39, Zürich, CH


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