Participate Now: Win a Signed Copy by Erwin Olaf

Participate now in the ‘Galerie Ron Mandos x Erwin Olaf giveaway’ of a signed copy of Strange Beauty. Go to @galerieronmandos to see how to participate.⁠

In light of our beautiful Erwin Olaf exhibition and the Joint Opening Weekend of Amsterdam Art, we want to take a moment to give back. That’s why we have decided to give away one signed copy of Erwin Olaf’s new book: Strange Beauty. In addition, you’ll be getting a personal tour through our current Erwin Olaf exhibition.⁠


Here’s how you can participate:⁠
1. Follow @galerieronmandos on Instagram⁠
2. Create an original Instagram post or story with your favorite work by Erwin Olaf and tell us why it fascinates you. Make sure to tag us @galerieronmandos in your story, so we can see your creation.⁠ For inspiration, also visit the artist’s website. Click on my link in bio.⁠
3. Send us a DM on Instagram in which you share why this work is your personal favorite.⁠
You can participate in this giveaway from Friday 23 April through Sunday 25 April.⁠

The lucky individual will be selected on Monday 26 April 2021 and will be contacted directly via Instagram DM. ⁠

We are looking forward to seeing your beautiful Instagram stories and reading about your favorite Erwin Olaf work.⁠

ABOUT Erwin Olaf

Erwin Olaf (1959-2023) was known for his diverse practice that centered around society’s marginalized individuals, including people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. In 2019, Olaf became a Knight of the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands after 500 works from his oeuvre were added to the collection of the Rijksmuseum. Taco Dibbits, Rijksmuseum director, called Olaf “one of the most important photographers of the final quarter of the 20th century”.

In 2018, Olaf completed a triptych of monumental photographic and filmic tableaux portraying periods of seismic change in major world cities, and the citizens embraced and othered by their urban progress. Like much of his work, it is contextualized by complex race relations, the devastation of economic divisions, and the complications of sexuality. Olaf maintained an activistic approach to equality throughout his 40-year career after starting out documenting pre-AIDS gay liberation in Amsterdam’s nightlife in the 1980s.

A bold and sometimes controversial approach earned the artist a number of prestigious collaborations, from Vogue and Louis Vuitton, to the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. He served as the official portrait artist for the Dutch royal family in 2017, and designed the national side of the euro coins for King Willem-Alexander in 2013. He was awarded the Netherlands’ prestigious Johannes Vermeer Award, as well as Photographer of the Year at the International Color Awards, and Kunstbeeld magazine’s Dutch Artist of the Year. In 2023, His Majesty the King Willem-Alexander awarded him the Medal of Honor for Art and Science of the Order of the House of Orange.

Erwin Olaf exhibited worldwide, including Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain; Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo, Brazil; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile. In the spring of 2019, Olaf’s work was the subject of a double exhibition at Kunstmuseum The Hague and The Hague Museum of Photography, as well as a solo exhibition at the Shanghai Center of Photography. In 2021, Erwin Olaf had his first solo exhibition Im Wald at Galerie Ron Mandos and mounted a large survey exhibition at Kunsthalle München, Germany.

Olaf’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, such as the Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum, both in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, The Netherlands; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, United States; Art Progressive Collection, United States; and the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia.

Visit the artist’s website here.