Olivier Varenne is Director, Acquisitions and Alliances and International Curator at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Tasmania, Australia, a position he has held since 2006. Olivier has been responsible for the selection and acquisition of most of the contemporary art pieces exhibited by Mona.

 

Olivier also works on curating and developing exhibitions independently of Mona. Past projects include the 3rrd Moscow Biennale in 2009, the On and On exhibition on ephemeral art at La Casa Encendida in Madrid in 2010 and the Socle du Monde Biennale at the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art (HEART) in Herning, Denmark in 2017. Olivier has collaborated with artists such as Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney and Gilbert & George as well as Oliver Beer, Ryoji Ikeda, Conrad Shawcross…

 

Drawing on his experience of the art market and his long-standing connections with important artists, collectors and art institutions Olivier launched MONAD Contemporary Art in 2018 to source and place quality artworks on behalf of individual collectors and art institutions.