He has developed a variety of interdisciplinary projects that address the primary experiences of space, time and corporeality. Performative elements, works that transform over time, modifications of everyday objects and pop-culture icons, and a rich field of reference to iconic moments in political and intellectual history characterize his artistic practice. A significant characteristic of his work is pronounced through varying degrees of repetition. Nicolai frequently re-contextualises motifs, creates images from memory and takes up questions from science and the humanities, while making their aesthetic construction and re-articulation tangible.
There is No Place before Arrival at Kunsthalle Wien is one of three simultaneously organized exhibitions by Olaf Nicolai, the first being at Kunsthalle Bielefeld (June 15, 2018), and the second at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (July 7, 2018). Together the three exhibitions form a survey which will explore diverse facets of Nicolai’s practice that echo the artist’s interdisciplinary concepts developed over the past twenty years. A comprehensive exhibition catalogue will be produced as a joint collaboration between the three institutions.