ERWIN OLAF IN CONVERSATION WITH ERIK VAN GINKEL
Erwin Olaf’s oeuvre has long been inspired by the Dutch Golden Age of painting. Notably, Rembrandt has been a great inspiration for Olaf throughout his career. In 2018, the Rijksmuseum became the recipient of a total of 500 objects, comprising prints, portfolios, videos, magazines, books and posters. The vast majority are donations; 60 photographs and three videos have been acquired with the support of the Bank Giro Loterij. The museum and the artist celebrated this gift and acquisition with an exhibition featuring a selection of iconic works by Olaf, for which he drew inspiration from paintings by artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Breitner. The exhibition, featuring about 20 works from Olaf and the Rijksmuseum collection, showed how Olaf’s work manifests an unbroken line from early Dutch painting to the present day.
On the occasion of Photo London 2019 and the Aperture’s release of Erwin Olaf: I Am, Erwin Olaf and Erik van Ginkel (Director of Finance and Operations of the Rijksmuseum and photography enthusiast) talked to us about Olaf’s work, his inspiration, and the exhibition at the Rijksmuseum, shedding light behind one of Holland’s most praised artists of the 21st Century.
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