olafur eliasson

YOUR BODY OF WORK

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Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. He strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world. Eliasson’s works span sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installation. Not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery, his practice engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects, interventions in civic space, arts education, policy-making, and issues of sustainability and climate change.

Eliasson was born in 1967. He grew up in Iceland and Denmark and studied from 1989 to 1995 at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1995, he moved to Berlin and founded Studio Olafur Eliasson, which today comprises more than one hundred team members, including craftsmen, architects, archivists, researchers, administrators, cooks, programmers, art historians, and specialised technicians.

Since the mid-1990s, Eliasson has realised numerous major exhibitions and projects around the world. In 2003, Eliasson represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale, with The blind pavilion. Later that year, he installed The weather project in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, London. Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, a survey exhibition organised by SFMOMA in 2007, travelled until 2010 to various venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Innen Stadt Aussen (Inner City Out), at Martin-Gropius-Bau in 2010, involved interventions across Berlin as well as in the museum. Similarly, in 2011, Seu corpo da obra (Your body of work) engaged with three institutions around São Paulo – SESC Pompeia, SESC Belenzinho, and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo – and spread out into the city itself. In 2014, Riverbed filled an entire wing of Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art with stones and water, emulating a river in a rocky landscape; later that year, Contact formed the inaugural exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. Verklighetsmaskiner (Reality machines), at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 2015, became the museum’s most visited show by a living artist. In 2016, Eliasson created a series of interventions for the palace and gardens of Versailles and mounted two large-scale exhibitions: Nothingness is not nothing at all, at Long Museum, Shanghai, and The parliament of possibilities, at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul. Green light – An artistic workshop, created in collaboration with TBA21 (Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary), offers a response to the challenges of mass displacement and migration. Originally hosted by TBA21 in Vienna in 2016, the project was part of Viva Arte Viva, the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, in 2017. Eliasson’s site-specific installation Reality projector opened at the Marciano Foundation, Los Angeles, in March 2018, the same month as his solo exhibition The unspeakable openness of things at Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing. Olafur Eliasson: WASSERfarben opened at the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, in June 2018.

Eliasson has also produced numerous projects in public space. Green river was carried out in various cities between 1998 and 2001. Eliasson designed Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007 together with architect Kjetil Thorsen for London’s Kensington Gardens. The New York City Waterfalls, commissioned by the Public Art Fund, were installed along the city’s waterfronts in 2008. Your rainbow panorama, a circular coloured-glass walkway atop ARoS Museum, Aarhus, Denmark, opened in 2011. Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, 2011, for which Eliasson created the facades in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects, won the Mies van der Rohe Award 2013. Ice Watch brought melting icebergs from Greenland to Copenhagen in 2014 and to Paris on the occasion of the COP21 Climate Conference in 2015. Fjordenhus in Vejle, Denmark, the first building designed entirely by Eliasson and the architectural team at Studio Olafur Eliasson, was completed in June 2018.

As a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, Eliasson led the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments; 2009–14), a five-year experimental programme in arts education located in the same building as his studio (www.raumexperimente.net).

In 2012, Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen founded the social business Little Sun. This global project provides clean, affordable energy to communities without access to electricity, encourages sustainable development through sales of Little Sun solar-powered lamps and chargers, and raises global awareness of the need for equal access to energy and light (www.littlesun.com).

Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann founded Studio Other Spaces, an international office for art and architecture, in Berlin in 2014. As an architectural counterpart to Studio Olafur Eliasson in the same building, Studio Other Spaces focuses on interdisciplinary and experimental building projects and works in public space (www.studiootherspaces.net).

Eliasson lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin.
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A view of ‘Seu corpo da obra’ (Your body of work), 2011, as installed at SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil, for Eliasson’s solo exhibition of the same name. Transparent sheets of coloured plastic – in either cyan, magenta, or yellow – are suspended from the ceiling to form a maze. Additional colours appear where these hues visually overlap, forming spontaneous compositions that continually change in response to viewers’ movement through the space. Seu corpo da obra was inspired by the work of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980).
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Se trabaja toda la vida, y todo lo que se hace y se aprende se inscribe en el cuerpo. Somos un espectador-productor de la propia historia, ya que se contribuye, o se da, más de lo que se recibe, Olafur Eliasson.

La ciudad brasileña de São Palo acogerá el próximo 30 de Septiembre la primera exposición de Olafur Eliasson en Latinoamerica titulada Your Body of Work,comisariada por Jochen Volz, director artístico del Instituto Inhotim, en Minas Gerais.
Olafur destaca de la Ciudad Brasileña, su visibilidad y transparencias en las calles a pesar de la inaccesibilidad de la esfera privada.

Todo lo que se hace y se piensa es perceptible en las calles. En otras ciudades, los espacios públicos se separan claramente de la vida diaria.

La exposición reúne diez instalaciones site-specif adaptadas no solo a cada uno de los tres espacios que albergarán cada una de las intervenciones; Los dos Centros culturales SESC y la Pinacoteca do Estado, sino que además se adapta al carácter vibrante de la ciudad y a todo lo que ella representa.
Para ello el artista lleva realizando una labor de documentación local previa sobre ensayos de teóricos brasileños que relacionan su obra con la arquitectura, el arte y el cine de la zona.
El carácter vibrante propio de Brasil se verá reflejado en la manera efectista en que trata sus intervenciones. En cada instalación, el espectador experimentará alteraciones perceptivas del color y del espacio, llegando incluso a impresionar la retina del espectador a partir de la imágenes creadas por el cineasta brasileño Karim Aïnouz.

Color, Humo, Haces de luz, espejos serán los instrumento de los que se valdrá el artista para alterar la percepción espacial.
La exposición de Eliasson dará origen a un libro editado por el artista, con lanzamiento previsto para noviembre por las Ediciones SESC que contendrá todo el material documental de sus viajes de reconocimiento a Brasil, ensayos sobre las conexiones entre su obra y São Paulo e imágenes de la futura muestra. Asimismo se creará una película documental ensayística sobre su proceso de trabajo de la mano del cineasta anteriormente citado Karim Aïnouz que será recogida en la serie Videobrasil, con lanzamiento previsto para el 2012.

Del 30 de Septiembre de 2011 a Enero de 2012
Centros culturales SESC Pompeia y SESC Belenzinho y la Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo, Brasil.