Galerie Fons Welters - Amsterdam

Olga Balema


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Born 1984, Ukraine

2007-2009UCLA, Los Angeles (CA), US,  (MFA)
2002-2006University of Iowa, Iowa City (IA), US,  (BFA)

2017  Nominated for the Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize, Porto, Portugal

2011 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/ Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands
2010 Skowhegan School of Painting  and Sculpture, USA

Solo exhibitions

Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford, IE (upcoming)

‘The third dimension’, Bridget Donahue, New York, US
‘Loon’, Hannah Hofmann, Los Angeles, US
Olga Balema, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘Formulas’, Croy Nielsen, Vienna, AT
Olga Balema | Greta Bratescu, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, DE
Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL (duo with Win McCarthy) 

‘Computer’, Camden Art Center, London, UK

‘Brain Damage’, Bridget Donahue, New York, USA

‘None of the Beauty of the Landscape can reach her pupils anymore’, High Art, Paris, FR
‘On The Brink Of My Sexy Apocalypse’, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

‘Motherland’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘Early Man’, ONE FOR ALL series, Swiss Institute, New York, USA
‘Blasted Heath’, CAPRI, Düsseldorf, Germany

‘One reenters the garden by becoming a vegetable’, Kunstverein Nürnberg, Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, Nürnberg, Germany
‘Cannibals’ , Croy Nielsen, Berlin, Germany
‘Listening’, with Anne de Vries, Michael Thibault, Los Angeles, USA

‘Warm Bodies’, i.c.w. Jonathan Baldock, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, The Netherlands
‘Her Curves’, High Art Gallery, Paris, France

‘Body of Work’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘What Enters’, 1646, Den Haag, The Netherlands

‘Positive thinking: Actions speak louder than words’, The Vanity, Los Angeles, USA

Group exhibitions

‘Two to Tango’, SPERLING, Munich, DE
‘Classical Period’, Woonhuis – De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL

‘Elmgreen & Dragset: READ’, Kunsthalle Praha, Prague, CZ
‘Drawings By Sculptors’, Helena Anrather, New York, US
‘Not Either Or, But And, Das Weisse Haus’, Vienna, AT
‘Looking Back / The 13th White Columns Annual’, White Columns, New York, US

‘Insolvency, my friend’, Galerie Charim, Vienna, AT
‘1 Essex Street, New York, New York, 10002’, Claude Balls, New York, US
‘Catechism’, Bridget Donahue, New York, US
Olga Balema, Elene Chantladze, Birke Gorm, Ernst Yohji Jaeger, Marie Lund’, Croy Nielsen, Vienna, AT

‘It’s Just a Phase’, curated by Rhae Dall and Ingar Dragset, K-U-K, Trondheim, NO
‘Itenarios XXVI’, Centro Botín, Santander, ES
‘Paradis’, Maison R&C, organized by Claude Balls Int, Marseilles, FR

‘Around the Day in Eighty Worlds. A Decentered Gaze on the CAPC Collection’, CAPC, Bordeaux, FR
‘Aria Dean, Helen Marten, Kelley Walker, Olga Balema, Raque Ford’, Greene Naftali, New York, US

‘A Home is Not A House’, Fri Art, Kunsthalle Freibourg, Freiburg, Switzerland 
‘You. Works from Lafayette Anticipations Collection’, Musee d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris, France 
‘A House is Not A Home’, Fri Art, Kunsthalle Freibourg, Freiburg, Switzerland 
‘Maskulinitäten. Eine Kooperation des Bonner Kunstvereins, Kölnischen Kunstvereins und des Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf’ – Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
Whitney Biennial, New York, USA

‘Nothing is Permanent’, Manifesta In House Exhibition, Amsterdam, the Nederlands
‘Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize’, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto, Portugal
‘Baltic Triennial 13’, CAC Vilnius
‘Oh that I had a thousand tongues’, Cultural Foundation of Tinos, Tinos, Greece
‘Blind Faith: Between the Visceral and the Cognitive in Contemporary Art’, Haus der kunst, München, Germany
‘Converter’, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

‘Contingencies: Arte Povera and after’, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York
‘You Want It Darker’, Garage, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
‘In awe’, kunsthalle exnergasse, Vienna, AT
‘Ungestalt’, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Koppe Astner, Glasgow, United Kingdom
‘PRODUKTION. made in germany drei’, Kunstverein Hannover, Sprengelmuseum, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover
Olga Balema, Marlie Mul, Iza Tarasewicz, Croy Nielsen, Vienna
‘Hours and Hours of Inactivity’, n.b.k, Berlin

‘Object[ed]: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Utah, USA
’30: Untitled 1989′, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘Peach’, W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘I Want To Live in the Country (and Other Romances)’ – Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
‘Adhesive Products’ – Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway.
‘Wer nicht denken will, fliegt raus – Handlungsanweisungen nach Beuys’, Museum Kurhaus Kleve / Ewald Mataré Sammlung, Kleve, Germany
‘Life Itself’, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
‘Pastoral Myths’, La Loge, Brussels, Belgium

‘Affinities #2’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘By the Bearer in whose Name it it Issued’, Center for Style, Melbourne, Australia
‘Stranger than paradise’, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany
‘Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality’, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
‘Where The Awning Flaps’, Éric Hussenot, Paris, France
‘Towers of Tub (Live Orbient 3.9.93)’, Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2015 Triennial: ‘Surround Audience’, New Museum, New York, USA
‘Campana I’, Luis Campana, Berlin, Germany
‘City’, William Arnold, Brooklyn, New York, USA

‘Affinities #1’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘Dylan’s lost it – maybe’, Croy Nielsen, Berlin, Germany
‘New Dawn’, curated by Leidy Churchman, Silberkuppe, Berlin, Germany
‘Puddle, pothole, portal’, Sculpture Center, New York, USA
‘From Whose Ground Heaven and Hell Compare’, Croy Nielsen, Berlin, Germany
‘Nature after Nature’, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
‘Sweet Potato’, Shoot the Lobster, Luxembourg
‘Material Memory’, Fluxia Gallery, Milan, Italy
‘Geographies of Contamination’, David Roberts Foundation, London, UK
‘Apples and Pears’, DREI, Cologne, Germany
‘Musique Concrète’, Michael Thibault, Los Angeles
‘Doom: Surface Control’, Le Magasin Grenoble – CNAC, Grenoble

‘Urschleim’, Fauna, Copenhagen, Denmark
‘The Unpainted Landscape’, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
‘Slip’, The Approach, London, UK
‘♥’ High Art Gallery, Paris, France
‘Unstable Media’, curated by Anne de Vries, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘Cast Recording’, Prism, Los Angeles, USA

RijksakademieOPEN, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘Latent Stare’, Casco, Utrecht, The Netherlands
‘Closed because of the goings on’, Dukan Hourdequin, Paris, France

RijksakademieOPEN, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

‘Support Group’, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
‘Dr. Zomb’, Glendale College, Los Angeles, USA

MFA Thesis Show, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
May Show, Los Angeles, USA

‘GLAMFA’, CSULB, Long Beach, USA
‘Kleveland’, Bonelli Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA
‘Delusionarium’, Bonelli Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA
CAA Exhibit, USC, Los Angeles, USA

‘Fortification’, Grotto Gallery, New York, USA

Centre National des Arts Plasticique, FR
De Nederlandsche Bank, NL
Fondation d’Enterprise Galeries Lafayette, FR
ICA Miami, Miami, US
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA


Whitney Biennial 2019
author(s): Jane Panette, Ramsey Kolber and Rujeko Hockley
catalogue: Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale Books.

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein: Hours and Hours of Inactivity
author(s): Marius Babias (ed.) Ann Cotten, Rhea Dall und Michaela Richter
catalogue: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Verlag Walther König

Produktion. Made in Germany Drei
author(s): Tenzing Barshee, Nikola  Dietrich, Timo Feldhaus, Jana Franze, Stefan Gronert, Hans-Jürgen Hafner, Lisa Mattheis, Dominikus Müller, Carina Plath, Kathleen Rahn, Gabriele Sand, Elmas Senol, Noemi Smolik, Maik Schlüter, Ute Stuffer, Milan Ther, Kristina Thieke,  Christina Végh
catalogue: Kestner Gesellschaft, Kunstverein hannover, Sprengel Museum, Snoeck

New Museum 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience
author(s): Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin a.o.
catalogue: New Museum and Rizzoli

Puddle, Pothole, Portal
author(s): Ruba Katrib, Spyros Papapetros, Serge Daney, Camille Henrot
catalogue: Sculpture Center, New York