ART+FILM ACMI presents

ART+FILM: Olaf Breuning

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About the event

Swiss-born, New York-based interdisciplinary artist Olaf Breuning is renowned for his playful observations on human experience manifest in work that is often humorous or absurd. His photographs, sculptures, installations and films draw inspiration from popular culture, erasing the distinction between high art and the clichés of the entertainment and advertising industries. 

A suite of three half hour films released over seven years, Breuning’s Home series features American protagonist Brian Kerstetter, an energetic egomaniac who launches headfirst into a range of scenarios – holed in up a hotel room (Home 1, 2004), globetrotting (Home 2, 2007) and roaming New York City (Home 3, 2012). Kerstetter’s maniacal personality drives the series as he fumbles through the culture around him, doing anything he can to get attention.

The screening will be followed by a live online Q&A with the artist conducted by Serena Bentley, ACMI Assistant Curator.

Image: Olaf Breuning, Home 2 (film still), 2007; courtesy Metro Pictures

The films in this screening are unclassified 18+


ART+FILM is a regular free monthly program showcasing rarely-screened, short and feature-length works by leading Australian and international moving image artists.

About the artist

Olaf Breuning was born in 1970 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and lives and works in New York. He was the subject of a major retrospective at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf in 2016. Additionally, he has had one-person exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany; Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway; and the Paul Klee Museum, Bern. Public exhibitions of his work include the Public Art Fund commission Clouds, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York, as well as the Public Art Fund exhibition Lightness of Being, City Hall Park, New York. He participated in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and has been featured in group exhibitions 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 Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.