Acquisitions and Alliances
Olivier Varenne (born 1977) is Director, Acquisitions and Alliances and International Curator at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Varenne met Museum of Old and New Art founder David Walsh in 2005 whilst working at Gagosian London. In 2006 Varenne was appointed Curator and Director of Acquisitions at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). He has sourced most of the contemporary art in Mona’s general collection and bought and commissioned works from global artists such as Chris Ofili, Richard Wilson, Anselm Kiefer, Ryoji Ikeda and Conrad Shawcross. Varenne has invited Marina Abramovic, Gilbert & George and Toby Ziegler for solo shows at Mona and curates special events and exhibitions for Mona’s annual summer (Mona Foma) and winter (Dark Mofo) Festivals of Music and Art held in Launceston.
In 2018 Varenne launched MONAD Contemporary Art based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Olivier Varenne lives and works in London, Geneva and Australia.
Beam in Thine Own Eye at Mona, 2003 (co-curated with Nicole Durling)
3rd Moscow Biennale, 2009
Celeste Boursier Mougenot From Here to Ear at Mona Foma at Mona, 2009
On and On at La Casa Encendida Museum, Madrid, 2010
Christian Boltanski The Heart Archive at Mona Foma at Mona, 2010
Chiharu Shiota In Silence at Detached Ciltural Organisation, Hobart, 2011
Ryoji Ikeda Concert Datamatics and Susan Philipsz The Two Sisters at Mona Foma at Mona, 2012
Theâtre du Monde at La Maison Rouge, Paris/Mona, 2013
Christoph Büchel Land of David – Pynduk: The Promised Mall at Mona, 2014 (co-curated with Nicole Durling)
Conrad Shawcross Ada Project at Mona Foma, 2014
Matthew Barney: River of Fundament at Mona, 2014-2015 (co-curated with Nicole Durling)
Gilbert & George: The Art Exhibition at Mona, 2015
Marina Abramovic: Private Archaeology at Mona, 2015-2016
Grupo Empreza Bodystorm at Dark Mofo at Mona, 2016
United Visual Artists Our Time at Dark Mofo at Mona, 2016
Herman Nitsch 150. Action at Dark Mofo at Mona, 2017
VII Herning Biennale Socle du Monde at Herning Museum of Contemporary Art (HEART), 2017 (co-curated with Mattijs Visser, Maria Finders, Daniel Birnbaum, Jean Hubert Martin and Holger Reenberg).
Fabien Giraud and Raphael Siboni The Unmanned: Part Two at Mona, 2018-2019 (co-curated with Nicole Durling)
Toby Ziegler: Your Shadow Rising at Mona, 2018-2019
- Olivier Varenne on Linkedin
- MONAD on Instagram
- MONAD official website
- Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) official website
- DARK MOFO
- Gilbert & George In Conversation with Olivier Varenne, February 2016 Video Interview
- The Mercury, November 2015 British art stars Gilbert and George rock Mona stage
- L’Hebdo, Septembre 2011 L-hebdo_September
- How to Spend It, February 2011 Art-philanthropy
- Mercury on Olivier Varenne, January 2011 Mercury about Olivier Varenne
- Olivier Varenne Globetrotter, Art Collector Issue 76, April 2016
- Sharjah Art Foundation, Olivier Varenne
- Inside the mind of Conrad Shawcross, GQ Magazine, December 2019
- "Museum of Old and New Art". Wikipedia. 2020-01-06. Retrieved 2020-01-27.
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