Olivier Varenne is a curator and independent art dealer with over 20 years experience working with leading contemporary artists, sourcing and placing quality artworks on behalf of individual collectors and art institutions, and curating exhibitions for museums and galleries.
Art for Olivier is not about decoration – though his walls are full – or pure investment. Working with both contemporary and modern art, he gravitates around artists and works of art that have expanded the boundaries of what art signifies and how it attempts to reflect the complexity of human experience. Olivier has collaborated with established artists including Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Wim Delvoye and Gilbert & George as well as championed emerging contemporary artists like Toby Ziegler, Ryoji Ikeda, Chiharu Shiota and Conrad Shawcross at the start of their career.
Olivier is the Artistic Director at the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), after having held the position of Head of Acquisitions, Alliances and International Curator. Prior to joining the new museum in 2006, Olivier spent his formative years in London working amongst the Gagosian sales team.