Artist Talk: The Haas Brothers

The Haas Brothers—fraternal twins Nikolai and Simon Haas—launched a collaborative practice in 2010, creating playful environments populated with fantastical flora and fauna. Imbued with curiosity, humor, and passion for nature, their furniture, objects, and, most recently, large-scale sculptural installations awaken our imaginations and transport us to another fertile, fanciful, and futuristic world. 


About Nikolai and Simon Haas

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).

In addition to their 2024 exhibition at Nasher Sculpture Center, the Haas Brothers will have solo museum shows at Cranbrook Art Museum (2024), and the Museum of Art and Design (2025).

About Brooke Hodge

Brooke Hodge is an independent curator and writer based in Palm Springs, California. She served as Director of Architecture and Design at Palm Springs Art Museum from 2016-2020. Prior to joining PSAM, Hodge was Deputy Director at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City and from 2010-July 2014 she was Director of Exhibitions Management and Publications at the Hammer Museum. She was Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles from 2001-2009, where she organized major exhibitions on the work of architect Frank Gehry and car designer J Mays, as well as Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture, a groundbreaking thematic exhibition that examined the relationship between contemporary fashion and architecture.

Her recent exhibitions include Disturbances in the Field: Art in the High Desert from Andrea Zittel’s A-Z West to High Desert Test Sites at Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, (2021/2022) and Sheila Levrant de Bretteville: Community, Activism, and Design at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (opening February 2024). In 2014, Hodge guest-curated Provocations: the Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio for the Nasher.

The Nasher Sculpture Center's 2024 exhibitions are made possible by leading support from Frost Bank. 

Haas Brothers: Moonlight is made possible by leading support from Melanie and Alvaro Leal. Generous support is provided by Citizens of Humanity, the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District (DTPID), Jennifer and John Eagle, Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers, and Cindy and Howard Rachofksy. Additional support is provided by Jenny and Richard Mullen. 

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