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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).

Curated Artworks

JONATHAN DELACHAUX

Vassili Posthume Party, 2014
50 x 90 cm
$4,600
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JONATHAN DELACHAUX

Visite commentée (Daniel Schibli), 2003
60 x 65 cm
$4,100
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55

JONATHAN DELACHAUX

Première Rencontre avec Arthur , 2014
110 x 90 cm
$10,500
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56

JONATHAN DELACHAUX

Un jour avec Naïma, 2014
$2,880
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61

BALINT ZSAKO

Untitled , 2008
40 x 30 cm
$1,700
Buy
31

YANNICK DEMMERLE

Untitled , 2015
105 x 75 cm
$2,500
Buy
43

YANNICK DEMMERLE

Untitled, 2015
105 x 76 cm
$2,500
Buy
46

YANNICK DEMMERLE

Untitled, 2013
40 x 30 cm
$500
Buy
39

YANNICK DEMMERLE

Untitled, 2013
40 x 30 cm
$500
Buy
49

YANNICK DEMMERLE

Untitled, 2014
76 x 56 cm
$1,500
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32

YANNICK DEMMERLE

Untitled , 2014
76 x 56 cm
$1,500
Buy
26

YANNICK DEMMERLE

Untitled , 2015
105 x 76 cm
$2,500
Buy
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