left arrow Back to Previous

Haas Brothers: Merging Fantasy

  • 603 E Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
visit website right arrow Email right arrow



Penny Stamps Speaker Series presents: Haas Brothers
Merging Fantasy

Experience the world of boundary-defying artists the Haas Brothers—Simon and Nikolai Haas as they discuss their clever, imaginative, and fantasy-filled creations. 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. Twin brothers Nikolai and Simon have spurned arbitrary artistic boundaries and hierarchies, creating a playful and provocative world that merges art, fashion, film, music, and design.

In 2013, The Haas Brothers began to collaborate with Monkeybiz, a South African women's collective known for their beadwork and who also have branded themselves 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 and now employ them for their beadwork creations. Their first solo museum show opened in Miami Beach at the Bass Museum of Art in 2019 and their work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Most recently, Constant Carnival: The Haas Brothers in Context, was on view at the Katonah Museum of Art in 2022

With support from Design Core Detroit.