New acquisition Boijmans van Beuningen with support H+F Patronage: Apollo by Olaf Nicolai
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has purchased a 'football cage' with the support of Han Nefkens’ H+F Patronage. The art work entitled ‘Apollo’ by the German artist Olaf Nicolai has been sited in the museum’s central courtyard since 2008. To celebrate the acquisition, the museum is publishing a book on the work entitled ‘Olaf Nicolai, Apollo’.
‘Apollo’ is better known to the museum’s visitors as the ‘football cage’. Everyone who visits the museum may kick a ball around in this object, which was made specially for the courtyard. The players’ movements are reflected in the mirrors, generating a stroboscopic effect. The design practice Thonik, which is responsible for the museum’s house style, designed a floor painting for the courtyard in consultation with Olaf Nicolai. The floor painting amplifies the work’s interplay of lines and reflections.
Olaf Nicolai (1962) lives and works in Berlin. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world since the early 1990s including Documenta X (1997) and the Venice Biennale in 2001 and 2005.
Olaf Nicolai has dealt with similar questions and themes in earlier ‘football works’. Examples include his camouflage-painted goalposts featured in the well-known ZDF classic ‘das aktuelle Sportstudio’ (2001) and the edition ‘Ballack’ (2004-2006), a collection of press photos of the German football icon, in which his facial details were greatly magnified.
Apollo was initiated and funded by H+F Patronage.H+F PatronageMuseum Boijmans van BeuningenIllustrated:
Olaf Nicolai, Apollo, 2008
Photo: Bob Goedewaagen