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Olivier Varenne

Co-Director of Exhibitions & Collections and International Curator at MONA

Olivier Varenne, Co-Founder and Head Curator at Collectionair, is the Co-Director of Exhibitions & Collections and International Curator at Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania, Australia. Based in London, Olivier Varenne has sourced most of the contemporary art in MONA’s collection.

London, GB

Biography

Olivier Varenne, Co-Founder and Head Curator at Collectionair, is the Co-Director of Exhibitions & Collections and International Curator at Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania, Australia. Based in London, Olivier Varenne has sourced most of the contemporary art in MONA’s collection. Through his relentless trips around the globe he has been instrumental in the buying and commissioning of works from a vast array of emerging artists, including Michel Blazy, Ryoji Ikeda, Oliver Beer and Ed Atkins, as well as securing masterpieces by artists such as Chris Ofili, Jean Tinguely and Jannis Kounellis. Olivier has also brought important installations such as Richard Wilson’s 20:50, Wim Delvoye’s Cloaca and Gregory Barsamian’s Artifact, to MONA.

Olivier has also succeeded in bringing important established contemporary artists to MONA for exhibitions and retrospectives. Most recently with Matthew Barney: River of Fundament (2014-2015), Marina Abramovic: Private Archeology (2015 - 2016) and Gilbert and George: The Art Exhibition (2015).

Along side others at Mona, Olivier has also co-curated Celeste Boursier Mougenot’s: From Hear to Ear (2009), Christian Boltanski: The Heart Archive (2010), Yannick Demmerle (2012), I Look to You and I See Nothing (2013; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE); The art component of MONA FOMA and Dark Mofo and The Red Queen (2013 – 2014).

Alongside Jean-Hubert Martin and Tijs Visser, Olivier co-curated the 3rd Moscow Biennale in 2009 and Theâtre du Monde (2013 ; La Maison Rouge, Paris/Mona). In 2010 he curated On and On at Casa Encendida Museum, Madrid. As well as Wim Delvoye (2011 – 2012), Chiharu Shiota: In Silence (2011) and Beam in Thine Own Eye (2013).

Past exhibitions

Curated Artworks

MISHA MILOVANOVICH

Untitled 6, from the series "The Inevitable Feeling", 2016
72 x 59 cm
$4,900
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MISHA MILOVANOVICH

Untitled 5, from the series "The Inevitable Feeling", 2016
72 x 59 cm
$4,900
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#Serbian
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MISHA MILOVANOVICH

Untitled 4, from the series "The Inevitable Feeling", 2016
72 x 59 cm
$4,900
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#Serbian
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MISHA MILOVANOVICH

Untitled 3, from the series "The Inevitable Feeling", 2016
72 x 59 cm
$4,900
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#Serbian
101

MISHA MILOVANOVICH

Untitled 1, from the series "The Inevitable Feeling", 2016
72 x 59 cm
$4,900
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#Serbian
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MISHA MILOVANOVICH

Untitled 1, from the series "The Inevitable Feeling", 2016
72 x 59 cm
$4,900
Buy
#Serbian
87

DAFNI ATHANASOPOULOU

CDI, 2017
130 x 90 cm
$2,580
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#Greek
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DAFNI ATHANASOPOULOU

u and i in a little toy shop, 2017
130 x 90 cm
$2,560
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DAFNI ATHANASOPOULOU

II, 2017
120 x 180 cm
$1,760
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DAFNI ATHANASOPOULOU

I, 2017
120 x 180 cm
$1,760
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DAFNI ATHANASOPOULOU

a business mans trip, 2017
140 x 100 cm
$2,820
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DAFNI ATHANASOPOULOU

i keep it secret, 2017
100 x 60 cm
$1,880
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