The Haas Brothers, twins Nikolai and Simon (b. 1984), explore aesthetic and formal themes related to nature, science fiction, sexuality, psychedelia and color theory in prolific materials. Since founding the Haas Brothers in 2010, they have evolved from fabricators and collaborators to nimble cross-pollinators in creative disciplines including fashion, film, music, art and design. They apply their unique approach to a multitude of materials, ranging from brass, bronze, beads, porcelain, and fur to highly technical resins and polyurethane. Often functional in form, their work continues to challenge the slippery divide between art and design.
The Haas Brothers have had numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including those at Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX (2017 and 2016); Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL (2017); and Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich, Switzerland (2013). Their work was included in the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY and exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA. Work by The Haas Brothers may be found in the permanent collections of the RISD Museum, Providence, RI; the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA. Their first exhibition with the gallery, Stonely Planet, opened in the summer of 2018 at Boesky West in Aspen, CO. The exhibition was followed by their first solo museum show, Ferngully, at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami, FL in December 2018. They were the recipients of the Arison Award in 2019, given by the YoungArts Foundation. They recently were the subject of two solo exhibitions, at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA (2021) and the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY (2022).
The Haas Brothers will have solo museum shows at the Nasher Sculpture Center (2024),
Cranbrook Art Museum (2024), and the Museum of Art and Design (2025).