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Olaf Nicolai, Anni

Olaf Nicolai, »Anni«, 2007, installation view, Gerisch Sculpture Park, Neumunster, Courtesy: artist

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Born 1962 in Halle / Saale; lives in Berlin.
Studied German philology in Leipzig, Vienna and Budapest, received his doctorate at the University of Leipzig in 1992 on the poetry of the Vienna Group.

Olaf Nicolai sees himself as inquiring artist. Art and science, public and private space, the individual and society as a whole, and artificial landscapes are all topics that run like a thread through his work. He already formulated his artistic position on the reclamation of abandoned open-cast mining areas in East Germany in the early 1990s. The perception of nature is the topic of the installation »Camouflage«, an on-site piece that the artist created using colourful flowers and coloured granules as part of the Heidenheim sculpture symposium in 2004. For the little island of leftover land fully encircled by roads, Nicolai designed a camouflage pattern similar to that as used by the military and thus camouflaged real nature with an artificial pattern imitating nature. In 2007, for the Gerisch Sculpture Park in Neumunster he created a park border wall in front of the Villa Waxholz using concrete columns and glass panels (fig.). The glass panels were furnished with the motifs of floral embroidery, giving the fence the appearance of a living room curtain.

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)
2009 »Mirador«, Kunstmuseum Thurgau
2008 »Samani. Some Proposals to Answer Important Questions«, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2007 »Insert 5 – Olaf Nicolai«, Kunstverein in Hamburg

Group Exhibitions (Selection)
2009 »Transitory Objects«, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna
2007 »Dressing the message«, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
2005 51st Venice Biennale
2001 49th Venice Biennale
1994-1997 »Aufriss. Künstlerische Positionen zur Industrielandschaft in der Mitte Europas« (»Outline: Artistic Positions on the Industrial Landscape of Central Europe«), The Brandenburg Art Collection and Siemens Arts Program, Munich and Venice

Awards and Grants (Selection)
2007 Villa Aurora, Los Angeles
2002 Art Prize of the City of Wolfsburg
1999 Böttcherstraße Art Award, Bremen
1998 Villa Massimo, Rom