Erwin Olaf & Hans Op de Beeck – Inspired by Steichen
Publisher: Hannibal, 2023
Hardcover, 96 pages, English
New in seal
Edward Steichen inspires Erwin Olaf and Hans Op de Beeck
Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Edward Steichen’s death, this book presents the work of two eminent contemporary artists, the Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf (b. 1959) and the Belgian visual artist Hans Op de Beeck (b. 1969).
Art historian Ruud Priem, department head and curator of fine arts at the Musée national d’histoire et d’art in Luxembourg, came up with the concept and selected the works of Olaf and Op de Beeck, thus initiating a unique collaboration. It centres on the artists’ shared admiration for the oeuvre of the Luxembourg photographer Edward Steichen (1879–1973), and their mutual respect. The book juxtaposes Olaf’s series Im Wald with watercolours and sculptures by Op de Beeck and landscape photographs by Steichen. Although very different, surprising connections emerge between the three artists in this richly varied presentation of images in black, white and shades of grey.
This publication accompanies the exhibition Erwin Olaf & Hans Op de Beeck: Inspired by Steichen at the National Museum of History and Art (MNHA) in Luxembourg from 16 December 2022 to 11 June 2023, curated by Ruud Priem. Alongside their joint exhibition, Olaf and Op de Beeck are the guest curators of a selection of photos by Steichen in the MNHA’s Steichen Room.