Erwin Olaf: Viritatis Splendor. Photographs of 1988 - 2003
September 9th, 2005 - October 25th, 2005
Fascination with American photography and first of all creation of Robert Mappethorpe made Erwin Olaf at the beginning of the 80s occupy with photography. In 1988, he received first prize in the prestigious European competition, Young European Photographers Competition, for a series of pictures titled Chessmen, an attempt to play the game. This success made the artist known to the world.
In the 90s, Olaf was developing style full of eroticism, body cult and was trying to diagnose problems concerning consumption society. He became more popular at the beginning of the 21st century in connection with a success of series of photographs titled Royal Blood, in which he applied computer technique in a sophisticated way. His other known series are: Mature, Fashion Victims, Separation, Black. His style is characterized by eclecticism full of sophistication and splendor, which refer to baroque aesthetics with the elements of decadentism. So, he squares in himself fascination with an American creation with tradition of the European art. Remarkable abilities of Olaf in the art of portraying also should be stressed.
Exhibition in Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź is first in Poland full retrospective of the creation of this Dutch artist. There will be presented over 100 works, including movie and video realizations.
The curator is Krzysztof Jurecki and on the Dutch site the curator is Shirley Hartog. Muzeum Sztuki will publish set of 12 postcards with