Launched in 2017, OLIVIER VARENNE is an art advisory business and dealership based in Geneva and trading under the name Monad Contemporary Art SA. OLIVIER VARENNE offers the services of art acquisition, due diligence, appraisal and logistics for collection management to individuals, collectors and institutions.
Alongside founding and running OLIVIER VARENNE, Olivier is the artistic director of the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), in Tasmania. He has been working for the MONA since 2006, responsible for the acquisition of the museum’s contemporary art collection and its exhibitions programmation for which he has overseen over 35 shows for the museum.
Olivier's experience in the art world spans more than 20 years. 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 Oliver Beer, Ryoji Ikeda, Chiharu Shiota, Conrad Shawcross and Toby Ziegler at the start of their careers. During this time he has he has brought many art projects to life collaborating with galleries, foundations, biennales public spaces to showcase them. Past projects include the Moscow Biennale in 2009, On and On exhibition on ephemeral art at La Casa Encendida in Madrid in 2010, Théâtre du Monde at Maison Rouge in 2014 and the Socle du Monde Biennale at the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art (HEART) in Herning, Denmark in 2017. Olivier is based in Geneva.
Guillaume joined OLIVIER VARENNE in 2019 to co-lead special projects with Olivier. A serial reinventor, his first career was in financial services with BNP Paribas Asset Management where from 1984 he held increasingly senior assignments in Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. In 1997 he joined the communications industry as the Asia Pacific Regional Chairman for Publicis, a position he held until 2007.
Guillaume is currently Chairman of Vivapierre, a French real estate investment company and a member of the executive committee of YPO's Singapore chapter. A graduate of HEC Paris (MSc), Guillaume is a long-time Singapore resident.
Anna has been OLIVIER VARENNE's in-house head of research and art historian since 2018. She has 20 years’ experience in the art world as an advisor and researcher, working for a number of leading museums and institutions including the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Christie’s in London and the National Museum in Stockholm. She spent six years as Associate Director and Head of Research for the leading London art dealers Dickinson. She was educated at the Courtauld Institute (BA and MA) and has also completed a diploma in art law and the LLB in law. Anna speaks Swedish, Italian, German and French and is based in London.
Raphael de Selys Longchamps
Raphael is Monad's business director. He joined the team in early 2020 to support and develop the company’s activities. Raphael’s move into the art world follows a near twenty-year career in finance at JP Morgan, which spanned numerous management positions and included the oversight of client portfolios and the development and launch of investment funds in Europe and the Cayman Islands. Raphael also implemented and co-chaired the bank's reputational risk committee. He completed his BA in business and finance at Kings College London and is based in Geneva.