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The Legacy shows the struggles of a celebrated artist at the peak of his fame taking stock, with pain in his heart, of a life’s hard work - while, just at the right time, his body of work is safeguarded for posterity.
Renowned Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf is currently celebrating his 60th birthday with a major retrospective at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (The Hague Municipal Museum). In addition to this the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has gained possession of his “core collection” consisting of some 500 iconic photographs spanning his career from the 1980s until the present day. It is the largest collection of works by a living artist the museum has ever acquired. The works will be exhibited later this year, in July 2019.
In the documentary Erwin Olaf - The Legacy by director Michiel van Erp, Erwin Olaf poses himself some big questions: What has been the meaning of his career? Does his work have any value, and if so, will it continue to be valued in the future? Has his artistic calling, has his life, been of any use?