The Rijksmuseum Collects Erwin Olaf
May 25, 2018
For a number of years The Rijksmuseum’s Department of Photography has sought to collect works by the Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf (b. 1959). Selected by the experienced curatorial staff Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom (both have been linked to The Rijksmuseum since the 1990s), the museum succeeded in adding more than 450 photographs by Erwin Olaf to the Museum’s collection.
The selection reflects the artistic development of Olaf, including his early silver gelatin prints, his personal involvement in the Dutch gay scene and his more recent famously cool staged photographs.
The Rijksmuseum began collecting contemporary photography since 1994 to extend its photographic archive beyond the 19th century. As diverse as photography itself, the collection includes photographs from both the Netherlands and abroad representing every relevant period, style and technique.