Little Sun

About Olafur Eliasson

“It is not just about decorating the world… but about taking responsibility,” Olafur Eliasson said of his practice in a 2009 TED Talk. Eliasson uses natural elements (like light, water, fog) and makeshift technical devices to transform museum galleries and public areas into immersive environments. Prompting reflection on the spaces surrounding us, for Green River (1998-2001) he poured bright green (environmentally safe) dye into rivers running through downtown L.A., Stockholm, Tokyo, and other cities to “show the turbulence in these downtown areas” and to remind passersby of the cities’ vitality. Similarly, by installing four large waterfalls in New York’s East River (2008), he intended to give the city a sense of dimension; Eliasson also famously installed a giant artificial sun inside the Tate Modern (The weather project, 2003). Known for their elegant simplicity and lack of materiality, his installations are rooted in a belief that art can create a space sensitive to both individual and collective.

Danish-Icelandic, b. 1967, Copenhagen, Denmark, based in Berlin, Germany

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Olafur Eliasson, Château de Versailles, Versailles
2015
OLAFUR ELIASSON: BAROQUE BAROQUE, Belvedere Museum, Vienna
2014
Olafur Eliasson: Contact, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
2008

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Olafur Eliasson, Château de Versailles, Versailles
2015
OLAFUR ELIASSON: BAROQUE BAROQUE, Belvedere Museum, Vienna
2014
Olafur Eliasson: Contact, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
2008

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
All Means are Sacred, M WOODS, Beijing
2015
Form, Colour, Plane, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus
2014
Installment 1: Inaugural Exhibition, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
2014
Olafur Eliasson, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek
2013
THE GARDEN OF DIVERSION, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing
2013
Copenhagen 93, Galleri Nicolai Wallner
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