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Olaf Nicolai

„APRÈS VOUS“

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The Premium Clubhouse’s exhibition area is reached by crossing a curved walkway and walking along a mirror installation. Here, at eye-level, a mirror-finish Bugatti stands on a mirrored ellipse. The harmonious planes and structured lines of this elegant vehicle become a reflective area into which the observer is drawn thus becoming part of the exhibit. And it is not only the boundary of the space but also the boundary between object and observer which is blurred. 

In his site-specific work Nicolai creates mental spaces in which he explores aesthetic perceptions and their context. He asks the observer to pay close attention as he transforms objects allowing them to appear in a new light. For the new installation “Après vous” (Fr. ”after you”) a mirror-finish Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was used. This most technically-intricate vehicle with its superb craftsmanship represents the pinnacle of exclusivity and sets the benchmark in the automotive world.

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The Artist

Olaf Nicolai was born in 1962 in Halle (Saale). He lives and works in Berlin. The artist studied German (literature & linguistics) in Leipzig, Budapest and Vienna. In 2002 he was awarded the Stadt Wolfsburg’s art prize “Junge Stadt sieht junge Kunst“.