Olaf Breuning was born in 1970 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and currently lives and works inNew York. He was the subject of a major retrospective at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf in 2016. Additionally, he has had solo exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Chisenhale Gallery,London; Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany; Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway; and the Paul KleeMuseum, Switzerland. He participated in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and has been featured in groupexhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pompidou Centre, Paris; Haus der Kunst,Munich; Kunsthalle Zurich; Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis; Jeu de Paume, Paris; KW Institutefor Contemporary Art, Berlin; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.
Olaf Breuning’s diverse body of work is united by his distinctive sense of humour. His drawings, photographs, videos, and sculptures utilise a deliberately simple visual vocabulary to address a variety of human concerns. Combining this colourful and deceptively wide-eyed visual style with cultural symbols and archetypes, Breuning’s work comments on many of the most poignant and urgent facets of human experience. Humour and innocence work to disarm everyday distractions that obscure profoundexistential concerns, as well as mundane truths. Yet Breuning’s work is never a reduction or simplification. Rather, his work crystalises particular themes and situations, allowing viewers to reflect on both the diversity of human experience and the commonalities we all share.