Olaf Breuning

CV

1970

Born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Lives and works in New York, USA

Education

1988 – 1993
Professional Education as a Photographer, Winterthur, CH
1993 – 1996
Photography, ZHdK, Zürich, CH

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Olaf Breuning: Quiet Afternoon. Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zurich
Olaf Breuning. Upstairs Gallery. Metro Pictures, New York

2016

Olaf Breuning: The Madness That We Call Reality. NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Germany
Restrospektive : Olaf Breuning. NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf, Germany

2015

Don't Worry. Kate MacGarry, London, United Kingdom.
Home 1-3 – Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger
Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, CA
Metro Pictures Gallery, New York City, NY

2014

Clouds, Public Art Fund, Friedman Plaza, New York, US
Groups, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, IL
Do Not, Art Cube, Artist Studios Jerusalem, IL
Tony Matelli, Olaf Bruening, John Miller, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2013

The HOME Trilogy, Modern Art Oxford (screening)
The Grid, Paul Klee Museum, Bern
The HOME Trilogy, Metro Pictures, New York (screening)
Camelpos Femina, Carbon 12, Dubai
The HOME Trilogy, Institute of Conemporary Arts, London (screening)

2012

Human Nature, The Box, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
Home 3, Swiss Institute, New York (screening)

2011

The Art Freaks, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
The Art Freaks, Metro Pictures, New York
The Art Freaks, Kodama Gallery, Kyoto

2010

Surface to Air, Paris (2010-2011)
Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zürich
Can Someone Tell Us…, Centre d'Art Contemporain la Chapelle du Geneteil, France
Yes? No?, Kunstmuseum Luzern

2009

Langhans Gallery, Prague Small Brain Big Stomach, Metro Pictures, New York
Michael Benevento, Los Angeles
Life is a Wheel/Color Studies, Kodama Gallery, Tokyo; Kyoto

2008

Metro Pictures, New York
Conduits Gallery, Milan

2007

Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zurich
Migros Museum Für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland
Kodama Gallery, Tokyo
Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Australia

2006

Home, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; The Gallery Sketch, London (2006-2007) (cat.)
Nils Staerk Gallery, Copenhagen

2005

Chinatown Objects, Metro Pictures, New York
Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zürich
Ars Futura Galerie, Zurich
Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria
Olaf Breuning: Oh yes…It is a garden, Chisenhale Gallery, London
Olaf Breuning: They Live, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, UK

2004

Home, Metro Pictures, New York
Olaf Breuning – films, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Olaf Breuning – videos, Toulouse, France
Kodama Gallery, Tokyo
The New Stedelijk Museum CS/ Auditorium, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

2003

Air de Paris, Paris
Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City
Musée de Strasbourg, France
Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin
Magasin Cente National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France

2002

Hello Darkness, Swiss Institute, New York
Ars Futura Galerie, Zurich

2001

Primitiv, Metro Pictures, New York
Swiss Institute, New York
Galerie Meyer & Kainer, Vienna
Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin
Galerie Air de Paris, Paris Museum zur Allerheiligen Schaffhausen, Switzerland;
Manor-Kunstpreis Basel Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany
Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand (brochure)
Chicago Project Room, Los Angeles

2000

ArsFutura Galerie, Zurich

1999

Woodworld, Centre D’art Contemporain, Geneva ArsFutura Galerie, Zurich

1998

Woodworld, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland (cat.) Schlund/Chris C., Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland (cat.)

1997

Waldfest, Binz39, Zurich

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2000

Manor-Kunstpreis, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Bundesstipendium freie Kunst, Switzerland
Kiefer-Hablitzel Stipendium, Switzerland

1999

Bundesstipendium freie Kunst, Switzerland
Kiefer-Hablitzel Stipendium, Switzerland
Moet-Chandon Stipendium, Switzerland
Atelierstipendium New York, Stadt Zurich

1998

Bundesstipendium freie Kunst, Switzerland
UBS-Werkjahrstipendium, Zurich
Atelierstipendium Rom, Instituto Svizzero di Roma

1997

Atelierstipendium BINZ 39, Zurich

COLLECTIONS

Bank Julius Bär & Co. AG, Zurich
Collection Rignier, Zurich
Collection Zellweger-Luwa, Uster, Switzerland
Collection Schweizer Rück, Zurich
Collezione La Gaia, Brusca, Italy
Ellipse Foundation, Portugal
FRAC Bourgogne, France
FONDS NATIONAL D’ART CONTEMPORAIN, France
Grafische Sammlung des Museums für Gestaltung, Zurich
Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany
Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland
Kunsthaus Zürich
Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen
Migros Museum, Zurich
Musée d’Art Moderne/Centre de Création Industrielle, France
Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
Zürcher Kantonalbank, Zurich

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

Various artists from the Gagliardi collection. Gagliardi Art System, Turin Italy

2016

Electronic Superhighway (2016 – 1966) – Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK
Vitaminbombe. Früchtebilder von Picasso bis Warhol. Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden, Germany
Um die Ecke denken. Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland
Conversation autour d'une collection. Collection Jocelyne et Fabrice Petignat. Villa Bernasconi, Lancy, Switzerland
Send in the Clowns. Nils Stærk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Bip – Biennale De L’Image Possible. BIP – Biennale de l'Image Possible, Liège, Belgium
5 Years at Heddon Street. Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK
Art Basel Miami Beach 2016. Art Basel Miami Beach, Basel, Switzerland

2015

Who Is Playing? – MeetFactory Gallery, Prague
The Generic Way – ZABRISKIE POINT, Geneva
Station to Station – Barbican Art Gallery, London
Trial / Error / Art – Holden Gallery at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
Zurich & elsewhere – Carlos/Ishikawa, London
Don't Worry – Kate MacGarry, London
Welcome to the Jungle – Kunst-Werke Berlin – KW Institute for Contemporary Art , Berlin

2014

Drommeland, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg

Elevation 1049, Luma Foundation, Gstaad, CH

Protect me from what i am, Galerie Dina Renninger, Munich, DE

Broken, Slapstick, Comedy and Black Humor, Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE
Close Encounters, Carbon 12, Dubai, AE

Os Tropicos, Centro Cultural CAIXA, Sao Paulo, BR
Gastspiel, Museum Rietberg, Zuerich, CH

Is it much too much to ask, not to hide behind the mask? Old Room, New york, US
Group Show, (Tony Matelli, John Miller) Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, RU
Bash, Woodstock Byridcliffe Guilt, Woodstock, US

2013

Go! You sure? Yeah. A POOL Exhibition, LUMA/Westbau, Zurich
METAMATIC Reloaded, Museum Tinguely, Basel
Lightness of Being, City Hall Park, New York
The Cat Show, White Columns, New York

2012

The Circus as a Parallel Universe, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Liverpool Biennial, United Kingdom
Out of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London (cat.) Hidden Stories, KAI10 Raum für Kunst, Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf (cat.)
In Living Color, FLAG Art Foundation, New York

2011

The Last First Decade, Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Cascais, Portuga

2010

Hareng Saur: Ensor and Contemporary Art, S.M.A.K./Museum of Fine Arts,
Ghent 5 (2010-2011) (cat.)
21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2010-2011)
Dream Time 2—Fantasmagoria, Grotte Du Mas D’Azil, France
Fantasmagoria: Le Monde Mythique, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France
PortugalArte 10, Lisbon
Desire, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
Adaptation: Between Species, The Power Plant, Toronto (cat.)
The Secret (Still) Knows, Los Angeles Nomadic Division, The Lab, Los Angeles

2009

The Reach of Realism, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2009-2010) (cat.)
The Likely Fate of the Man That Swallowed the Ghost, Centre Pompidou, Paris The Uncertainty Principle, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona
About Photography, Museo Nacional de la Fotografía, Bogotá
The Tragic and the Funny Meet Again, De Brakke Grond, Tijdelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Pictopia, House of World Cultures, Berlin
Hypocrisy: The Sitespecificity of Morality, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo
The Darkside II, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zürich (cat.)

2008

A Meeting Between the Tragic and the Funny, HessenHuis, Antwerp (2008-2009)
Experimenta Folklore, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2008-2009)
The Station, Midblock East, Miami
Looking at Music, Museum of Modern Art, New York
_Aurum: Gold in Contemporary Art, Le CentrePasquArt, Biel Bienne, Switzerland
Blasted Allegories: Works from the Ringier Collection, Kunstmuseum, Luzern (cat.) Sammlung/Collection, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich (cat.) Hayward Gallery, London
Whitney Biennial 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (cat.)
Family Affair, Conduits Gallery, Milan

2007

James Cohan Gallery, New York (2007-2008)
What We Bought, Camera Austria, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria
Destroy Athens, 1st Athens Biennial, Technopolis of the City of Athens
Elsewhere, Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa (cat.)
Metro Pictures, New York
Imagination Becomes Reality, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany (cat.) Architecture, Art and Landscape Biennial of the Canaries, Canary Islands
All About Laughter, Mori Art Museum, Japan (cat.)

2006

Panoramic, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City
Music is a Better Noise, P.S.1, New York
Flesh Records, Haswellediger, New York
Open House, The Ellipse Foundation: Contemporary Art Collection, Portugal (cat.)
Nicola von Senger, Zurich Metro Pictures, New York

2005

Burlesques Contemporains, Jeu de Paume, Paris
Olaf Breuning, Lily van der Stokker, Air de Paris

2004

Boys Behaving Badly – Perspectives 142, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (cat.)
Genesis Sculpture, Vranken Pommery, Reims, France (cat.)
Planet B, Magazin4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria (cat.)

2003

Urban Diaries– Young Swiss Art [Suiza en ARCO ’03], Alcalá 31, Madrid
Durchzug/ Draft, Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (and 1999)
Metro Pictures, New York
Extra, Swiss Institute, New York (cat.)
Fast Forward, Media Art Sammlung Goetz, KZM, Karlsruhe, Germany (cat.)

2002

Spring Forward, Downtown Arts Project, New York
Golden Week, Kodama Gallery, Osaka, Japan
Liverpool Biennial, Bluecoat Gallery, Tate Liverpool & Pleasant Street Board School, Liverpool (cat.)

2001

Swiss Institute, New York
Tokyo TV, Palais Tokyo, Paris
Der Gehilfe, Museu de les Arts Decoratives, Barcelona; Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte,
Dortmund, Germany
Anteprima Bovisa- Milano Europa 2000, Padiglione D’Arte Contemporanea, Milan
Je Pense Donc Je Suisse, FRAC PACE, Marseille, France
More Than One, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, Team Gallery, New York

2000

Wall 6, Galerie Air de Paris, Paris
Galerie Arndt Partner, Berlin
Reality Bites, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany (cat.)
Let's Entertain, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, (cat.); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Portland Art
Musuem, Oregon; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2001);
Miami Art Museum (2001)
Vis-à-vis, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland (broch.)
Desparate Optimists, Festival a/d Werft, Utrecht, The Netherlands (broch.)
Der Gehilfe, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Switzerland; Kunsthalle Krems, Österreich, Austria Presumed Innocent, Capc Musée, Bordeaux, France (cat.)
The arsFutura Show, Galerie arsFutura, Zurich
Guarene Arte 2000, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino
Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
Transfert, Tenth Swiss Sculpture Exhibition, Biel
Au-Delà du Spectacle, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (broch.)
Hyper Mental, Kunsthaus Zürich (2000-2001); Hamburger Kunsthalle
(February 16 – May 6, 2001) (cat.) (and 1998)
Ausstellung Bundesstipendium, Fri-Art, Fribourg, Switzerland
International Media Art Festival, Kiev, Ukraine
EX 25, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich
Air Suisse, Ecole Superieure D’Art, Perpignan, France
Close Up, Kunstverein Baselland und Freiburg; Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover,
Germany (2001) (cat.)
Chicago Project Room, Los Angeles, California

1999

XN, Espace des Arts, Chalon sur Saone, France (broch.)
Transfer, Instituto Svizzero Roma (broch.)
Eidg. Wettbewerb für freie Kunst, Messe Basel, Switzerland
Städt. Wettbewerb für freie Kunst, Helmhaus Zürich, Switzerland
Statement, Art Basel, ARS Futura, Zurich (broch.)
Palazzo delle Papese, Siena, Italy (broch.)
Young, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (broch.)
DACH, Galerie Krinzinger, Bregenz; Semper Depot, Vienna
Come In and Find Out, Vol. 2, Podewil, Germany
They Came by Taxi, Parabolica Spaces, Berlin
Missing Link, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
Hotel Utopia, Vienna
From Camouflage to Free Style, Toasting Agency c/o Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
Ausstellung Bundesstipendium, Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland

1998

Binz 39, Zurich
Freie Sicht aufs Mittelmeer, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland (broch.)
Eidg. Wettbewerb für freie Kunst, Messe Basel, Switzerland
Diana 98, X-Tra Zürich, Switzerland
Präsentation Film Woodworld, Castell Zuoz
Empire, Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland (broch.)
Grown in Frozen Time, Shed im Eisenwerk, Frauenfeld, Switzerland
Medium eine Werlt, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich (broch.)
Dogdays Are Over, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (broch.)

1997

Gewebeprobe, Museum zur Allerheiligen Schaffhausen, Switzerland (broch.)
Gross und Klein, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich (broch.)
Bed & Breakfast, Grossmünsterturm Zürich

1996

Die Klasse, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich

1995

Ernte, Museum zur Allerheiligen Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Eidgenössischer Wettbewerb für Freie Kunst, Messe Basel, Switzerland

1994

8004 Zürich, (with Lewis Balz) Peter Kilchmann Galerie, Zurich