Haas Brothers

Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Join us in person for a lecture by Simon and Nikolai Haas followed by an audience Q&A.

This event will be live captioned by Communication Access Realtime Translation services. 

Since founding the Haas Brothers in 2010, twin brothers Nikolai and Simon Haas have spurned arbitrary artistic boundaries and hierarchies, creating a provocative world that merges art, fashion, film, music, and design. Playful and at times irreverent, they explore aesthetic themes related to nature, science fiction, sexuality, and psychedelia. Their inventive use of materials ranges from copper, porcelain, and fur to technical resins and polyurethane. 

In 2013, the Haas Brothers began to collaborate with Monkeybiz, a South African women's collective known for their beadwork who have also branded themselves as the Haas Sisters. The Haas Brothers have also established a partnership with a group of women from Lost Hills, California, a small agricultural town with limited employment opportunities for women, to facilitate the opportunity for the women to learn beadwork skills. The Haas Brothers now employ these women for their beadwork creations.

Their first solo museum show opened in Miami Beach at The Bass Museum in 2018 and their work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the RISD Museum. In 2019, they were the recipients of the Lin Arison Award given by the YoungArts Foundation. Most recently, their exhibition, Constant Carnival: The Haas Brothers in Context, was on view at the Katonah Museum of Art from March 13 to June 26, 2022. 

View the Haas Brothers SAIC Flaxman Library Resource Guide for additional information about the artists.