Anniversary Solo exhibition at the Gemeente Museum and Photography Museum, The Hague


In 2019 the Gemeente Museum The Hague, together with The Hague Museum of Photography, will host an anniversary solo exhibition. The exhibition is opened from 16 February until 12 May 2019.  Keep an eye on their (and our) websites for more information.

New book: ERWIN OLAF - I AM

Release date 16 Februari

The book is published in 4 different languages: Dutch, English, French and German. Stay tuned for the book signings. Dutch (Hannibal Publishing) French (Hannibal Publishing) English (Aperture) German (Koenig Books)

Erwin Olaf - SCoP in Shanghai, China

Opening 2 March 2019

We would like to announce that Erwin Olaf will exhibit his works at the Shanghai Center of Photography in Shanghai, China. The exhibition will take place from 2 March till 30 May 2019.

Representation by Edwynn Houk Gallery 

We are excited to announce that Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York - USA will represent Erwin Olaf. The gallery will present the US premiere of Olaf’s most recent series Palm Springs with a selection of photographs at The Armory Show, booth 918 on Pier 94 from 7 to 10 March. Followed by a solo gallery exhibition opening on 25 April 2019

Rijksmuseum shows key works in solo show

Summer 2019

This year the Rijksmuseum will show a selection of the 500 key works they acquired in a solo show, thus adding a third venue to the already impressive exhibition series planned for 2019.

Art Paris

4- 7 April 2019

Gallery Rabouan Moussion will show Olaf’s most recent series Palm Springs with a selection of photographs at Art Paris. 

Anniversary solo exhibition and booksigning at gallery Rabouan Moussion

Opening 16 May 2019 - Book signing 17 may 2019

Gallery Rabouan Moussion in Paris will host a solo exhibition with 40 years of photography by Erwin Olaf. Followed by a book signing on 17 may. 

Book signing and talk at AIPAD Show- New York

Time TBA

Lesley Martin from the Aperture Foundation will have a talk together with Erwin Olaf at The Photography Show by AIPAD in New York City. After that there will be a book signing of the new book : ERWIN OLAF - I AM. 

Book signing at Photo London

18 May 2019

Hamiltons gallery in London will host a booksigning of the new book : ERWIN OLAF - I AM at Photo London. More details will follow. 

De Donkere Kamer - DDK

15 May 2019

Erwin Olaf will be a guest speaker for 'De Donkere Kamer' (DDK) in Brugge- Belgium. DDK is a live magazine with different guests from various disciplines of photography. The evening consists of short interviews and presentations, current affairs on photography and attention to interesting events and exhibitions. 

Erwin Olaf 60th birthday party

At Paradiso

7 July 2019 Erwin Olaf will celebrate his birthday at Paradiso in Amsterdam. Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.

Rijksmuseum acquires core collection Erwin Olaf

25 May 2018

We are tremendously proud to announce that the famous Dutch Rijksmuseum acquired around 500 works from Erwin Olaf's core collection. From vintage prints to posters and films, spanning around 40 years of artistic works.

New official royal portraits

Released 27 April

After a two successful series of portraits of the royal queen and the three princesses, Erwin Olaf was asked to shoot the new official royal portraits, of the entire royal family. They were released on the king’s birthday, 27 April. More portraits from this series can be seen here.

Vogue Like a Painting

Kunstforeningen GL STRAND

Vogue Like a Paiting explores the relationship between fashion photography and fine arts through a selection of images from the archives of Vogue magazine. Taken by leading names in classical fashion photography and the most prominent photographers of the past decade. Erwin Olaf is accomanied by photographers like Nick Knight and Annie Leibovitz.  5 may until 2 september 2018 at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND in Copenhagen Denmark

Portraits Queen Máxima and Princesses

Groninger Museum

Because of the Royal visit to Groningen, the series of portraits by Erwin Olaf of Queen Máxima and her daughters can be seen in the Groninger Museum. The photos will be shown from 26 April to 17 May in the entrance hall. This is accessible without a museum admission ticket.


Palm Springs Photo Festival

Erwin Olaf will be giving a masterclass at The Palm Springs Photo Festival Connect 2018.
The masterclass 'The Power of Imagination' will take place from 6 May till 10 May in Palm Springs - USA.

Shifting Metropolises part II - Shanghai

New work

In March 2018 Erwin Olaf released his most recent series 'Shanghai', the second part in his trilogy 'Shifting Metropolises'.

Museu da Imagem e do Som

Multimedia retrospective

The Brazilian Museum of Image and Sound (Museu da Imagem e do Som) will host a large multimedia retrospective. From 10 March until 8 April this year films and photographs from series like 'Separation' (2003), 'Wet' (2005) and 'The Awakening' (2016) are on display, amongst many others.

A Shining Flaw

Largest grand Dutch Film Fund


Erwin Olaf’s upcoming feature film ‘A Shining Flaw’ is granted the highest funding by the Dutch Film fund ever granted. The film will be released in 2020.

Izzy Gallery - soloshow

Opening 21 June, Toronto

This summer Izzy Gallery in Toronto hosts a solo show by Erwin Olaf. Keep an eye on their website for more details.

MD Gallery Shanghai - Solo show with new work

7 April 2018

MD Gallery in Shanghai will host a solo show with new work by Erwin Olaf. Opening 7 April 2018, end date to be confirmed, keep an eye on their website too.

Art Brussels - new work

19 - 22 April 2018

Flatland Gallery will host a booth at Art Brussels, showing new work by Erwin Olaf.

Political Poetical

Gallery Art & Business, Zurich

Erwin Olaf's 'Berlin, Freimaurer Loge Dahlem - 22nd of April, 2012' features in the exhibition 'Policital Poetical', curated by Petra Lossen and Paco Barragán, with works by, amongst others, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Santiago Sierra. On display at the Gallery Art & Business, Trittligasse 4, Zurich, Switzerland.

Hannibal, Aperture, Éditions Xavier Barral and Prestel

2019 - New retrospective book

Publishers Hannibal, Aperture, Éditions Xavier Barral and Prestel will join forces to release a new retrospective book of Erwin Olaf in 2019.

New portraits queen and princesses

1 October 2017 - 14 January 2018

Erwin Olaf released his new portraits of Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and  of the three Dutch princesesses in Museum Jan Cunen (Dutch only), for the opening of the exhibition 'Women of Orange - Portraits of five queens'.

Gallery Kong - Human & Nature

24 June - 23 July 2017

Gallery Kong, Seoul, Republic of Korea, shows an interesting selection of works by Erwin Olaf. On display 'Le Dernier Cri', works from 'Fall', assorted still lifes and portraits from Erwin Olaf's work for Vogue.

Galerie Rabouan Moussion - Indochine

9 September - 23 September 2017

Galerie Rabouan Moussion opens a new solo exhibition by Erwin Olaf, with works made for the 13th album of the French band Indochine.

Hangaram Art Museum

24 June 2017 - 8 October 2017

This magnificent exhibition, with works by Irving Penn, Annie Leibovitz, Tim Walker and Erwin Olaf among many others, is travelling. Next stop: Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul Arts Center.

Espoo Museum of Modern Art

12 October 2016 - 8 January 2017

Work by Erwin Olaf is featured in the group exhibition 'In Search of the Present' at EMMA, Finland.

McNay Art Museum

28 September - 15 January 2017

Works by Erwin Olaf are featured alongside works by artists including Nan Goldin, Paul Graham, Alex Prager, Jeff Wall and others in the group show 'Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography'.

Baró Galeria

New gallery cooperation

Baró Galeria in São Paolo and Erwin Olaf have decided to work together.

Instituto Cultural Peruano Norte Americano


Instituto Cultural Peruano Norte Americano announces it will host an Erwin Olaf solo exhibition in 2019.

After Rodin - Groninger Museum

19 November 2016 - 30 April 2017

"Erwin Olaf honours Rodin with these series of photographs, made especially for Groninger Museum. The poses are inspired by iconic sculptures of the artist, but are not literal quotations. The softness of the light and the details of the setting refer to his work."

Recent Acquisitions

Works by Erwin Olaf have been acquired by Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Malága, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, Musée National d'Historie et d'Art, Luxembourg, HSBC Collection USA, Musem Arnhem, The Netherlands, and Koo Museum, South Korea.

New Work - 'L'Éveil'

1 October 2016

Erwin Olaf's newest work, a 30-channel video projection, will be shown for the first time on Hotel de Ville during Nuit Blance Paris, curated by Jean de Loisy (Director of Palais de Tokyo). Other artists on display during Nuit Blanche Paris are, amongst others, Matthew Barney and Anish Kapoor. Check this site for more information (French only).


21 september 2016

The IIT College of Architecture invited Erwin Olaf to give a lecture on Wednesday 21 September in the Crown Hall, during the fifth international exhibition of contemporary & modern art, EXPO CHGO. Detailed information about the lecture can be found here.

Ruinart installation at Unseen

22 - 26 September 2016, Amsterdam

Erwin Olaf's installation for Champagne house Ruinart is on display during this year's edition of the Unseen photography festival. A short introductory film can be seen here.

'Waiting' live at Nuit Blanche Toronto

1 October 2016

Erwin Olaf's installation 'Waiting, Shenzhen' will be shown at Nuit Blanche Toronto on eight screens, with the score performed live, curated by Paco Barragan. Other artists showing are, amongst others, Bill Viola and Rebecca Belmore. Detailed information about the screening and performing of 'Waiting' at QRC West can be found here.

Museum Koo, Seoul, shows 'The Keyhole'

Permanent display

The brand new Koo House, Museum of Art & Design Collection, has acquired Erwin Olaf's installation 'The Keyhole', now on permanent display.

National Art Gallery

1 September - 22 October 2016, Sofia, Bulgaria

The National Art Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria hosts a solo exhibtion by Erwin Olaf, with the four series 'Blacks', 'Grief', 'Dusk' and 'Dawn', during the annual photography festival Fotofabrika.

Museum Arnhem


Museum Arnhem, The Netherlands, has acquired Erwin Olaf's installation 'Waiting, Shenzhen'.

K11 Art Foundation

Opening 9 September

The K11 Art Foundation hosts a group exhibition centered around women's indepence, with works by Erwin Olaf, Ekaterina Anokhina and Anastasia Potemkina, amongst others. Curated by Magda Danysz.

The McNay Art Museum - 'Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography'

28 September 2016 - 15 January 2017

A selection from the series 'Berlin', 'Grief' and 'Hope' will be shown in a group exhibition at The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, USA, in autumn 2016. Other exhibited artists are, among others, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Gregory Crewdson.

Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland - 'In Search of the Present'

12 October 2016 - 8 January 2017

The Espoo Museum of Modern Art, EMMA in short, is about to launch a new series of exhibitions called 'In Search of the Present'. In the first edition of these interesting exhibitions works from Erwin Olaf's series 'Berlin' are shown. On display from October. Keep an eye on the website of the museum for more information.

Roma, La Visit di Stato at Paris Photo

10 - 13 November 2016

Erwin Olaf's installation 'Roma, La Visita di Stato (Rome, The State Visit)', 2016, will be shown during Paris Photo in the stall of Hamiltons Gallery.

Solo exhibition at Gallery Kong, Seoul

November 2016 - January 2017

Gallery Kong in Seoul will host a solo exhibition opening on 11 November this year. Keep an eye on their website for more information.

C/O Berlin Foundation

28 May - 4 September 2016

From 28 May to 4 September 2016 C/O Berlin Foundation shows photographs from the Susanne von Meiss Collection in a group show entitled 'Allure [Fr. style, elegance]', with 'Berlin, Porträt 05 - 9th of July, 2012' from series 'Berlin'. For more information see this video.

Kunstpalais Erlangen - Evil Clowns_Reloaded

24 April - 26 June 2016

The renowed Kunstpalais Erlangen made an exhibition exploring "...the often disquieting figure of the clown...", in which no less than six portraits from series 'Paradise The Portraits' (2001) are shown. Other selected artists are Pussy Riot, Cindy Sherman, Jeffrey Vallance and Jake and Dinos Chapman, among many others. See the website for more information.

Art Statements - 'Skin Deep', 'Tamed & Anger', 'Le Dernier Cri'

24 March - 28 May 2016

Opening next week: a solo show at Art Statements, with works from 'Skin Deep', 'Tamed & Anger' and 'Le Dernier Cri'.

CAC Málaga - Cell of Emotions

29 January - 1 May 2016

The Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Málaga organises a solo exhibition by Erwin Olaf, opening 29 January, closing 1 May 2016. Photographs and multimedia installations from series 'Berlin', 'Keyhole', 'Grief' and 'Hope' will be on display.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam - 'Catwalk - Fashion at the Rijksmuseum'

20 February - 15 May 2016

For the first time the Rijksmuseum presents a large selection of its diverse fashion collection in an exhibition designed by world-renowed Dutch artist Erwin Olaf.

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow - 'Erwin Olaf. Homage to Louis Gallait'

24 February - 20 April 2016

Works by Erwin Olaf from series 'Les Dernier Hosneurs Rendus Aux Infortunes Illustrisismes Comtes D'Egmont Et De Horne', made in 2012 for the Gaasbeek Castle (Belgium), will be shown alongside the original paintings in The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, from 24 February to 20 April 2016.

Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, The Netherlands, 'Silence Out Loud'

15 December 2015 - 12 June 2016

The installation 'Waiting, Shenzhen', made by Erwin Olaf in 2014, will be exhibited in a group show titled 'Silence Out Loud' curated by the late writer Joost Zwagerman in Museum Kranenburgh (website in Dutch only), opening 15 December, closing 12 June 2016. Also on display will be works from, among others, Marlene Dumas, Luc Tuymans and Rineke Dijkstra.

Galerie Wagner + Partner - 'Berlin', 'Skin Deep', Photos and Statues

Opening May 2016

Galerie Wagner + Partner in Berlin, Germany, will host a solo exhibition of Erwin Olaf's newest works 'Skin Deep', including a new installation. Opening planned for the Gallery Weekend Berlin, from 29 April to 1 May 2016.

ICPNA, Lima, Peru - solo exhibition


The Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano organises a solo exhibition by Erwin Olaf, sometime in 2019. Keep an eye on their website for more information.

Galerie Rabouan Moussion - 'Erwin Olaf - Waiting'

17 October - 28 November 2015

Galerie Rabouan Moussion opened their new gallery space (11 rue Pastourelle) with a solo exhibition by Erwin Olaf. On display was, among many other works, the installation 'Waiting, Shenzhen'.

Ben Maltz Gallery - 'The Mother' from the series 'Dusk'

11 April - 26 July 2015

The Ben Maltz Gallery at the Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, shows 'The Mother' from the series 'Dusk' in a group exhibition entitled 'Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal'. Among the represented artists are Louise Bourgeois, Edward Burtynsky, Salvador Dalí and Gilbert & George.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario, Argentina - solo exhibition

8 May - 27 July 2015

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario (Argentina), MACRO in short, takes over the baton from MAC in Santiago de Chile, for the second leg of Erwin Olaf's tour in South America. Keep an eye on the website (Spanish only) for more information.

'Erwin Olaf: Empire Of Illusion' nominated for Best New Media International Exhibition

6 September - 9 November 2014

The exhibition 'Erwin Olaf: EL IMPERIO DE LA ILUSIÓN ' in Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile, is nominated for Best New Media International Exhibition! Images from the exhibition during the opening can be seen here.

Hasted Kraeutler, New York - solo exhibition

8 January - 28 February 2015

Gallery Hasted Kraeutler in New York will host a solo exhibition by Erwin Olaf early next year. Keep an eye on their website for more information.

Memory Lab. Photography Challenges History

16 October - 16 November 2014

During the European Month of Photography there will not only be art by Erwin Olaf on display in Berlin, but also in Vienna. The MUSA (Museum Start-Gallery Artothek) in Vienna, one of the partner cities of the European Month of Photography, will also show works by Erwin Olaf.

Society of Arts

23 April 2014

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences recently launched the Netherlands' new Society of Arts. Among the nineteen members, all leading Dutch artists working in every discipline, is Erwin Olaf. More information about this society can be found here.

Whangarei Art Museum

June - July 2015

The Whangarei Art Museum, or WAM, in Northland, New Zealand, is organising an exhibition with works by Erwin Olaf. Opening June / July 2015.

Modem Hungary - solo exhibition

From 11 October

MODEM in Debrecen, Hungary, will host a solo exhibition by Erwin Olaf, on display from 11 October. See the website for more information.

New Erwin Olaf book by Aperture

Fall 2014

We are very proud to announce that the Aperture Foundation will publish another book by Erwin Olaf. Keep an eye on the website for more information. The book is to be released this autumn.

Empire of Illusion

From 5 September till 30 November

Paco Barragán curated a solo exhibition titled 'Empire of Illusion' in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile.

Entrepreneur 4.0

From 24 May on

From 24 May the WITTENSTEIN Innovation Factory will display the nominees for the ENTREPRENEUR 4.0 Award, among whom is Erwin Olaf, with a selection of his carbon prints from series 'Berlin'.

Memory Lab: The sentimental Turn at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin

17 October - 15 December, 2014

Erwin Olaf is selected to participate in the central exhibition of the 6th European Month of Photography in Berlin this year, in Martin Gropius Bau. The exhibition is called 'Memory Lab: The Sentimental Turn'. Keep an eye on the website for more information.

Erwin Olaf - Chronicle of the Untold

29 April - 15 July 2014

We are very proud to announce Cermodern will, for the second time, host an exhibition by Erwin Olaf. The exhibition will travel, and a second venue is to be announced later.

New design for the national side of the Dutch euro coin

After months of working in secret we are very, very proud to announce that Erwin Olaf's designs have been selected for the new national side of the Dutch euro coins! Release will be early next year. A still can be found here.

Mudac - Nirvana

29 October 2014 - 19 April 2015

Erwin Olaf's series 'Separation' will feature in the group exhibition 'Nirvana', in Musée de Design et D'arts Appliqués Contemporains (MUDAC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Keep an eye on the website for more information.