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Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson’s practice is characterised by his incessant exploration of our modes of perceiving. Described as ‘experimental setups’ by the artist himself, his works span from photography to installation, sculpture, and film. Established in 1995, his Berlin studio today numbers about forty-five craftsmen, architects, geometers, and art historians. In the studio, he deploys light, colour, and natural phenomena such as fog and waves to test how physical movement, engagement of the senses, and the interaction of body and brain influence our perception of our environment.

In 1997, Eliasson exhibited The curious garden at Kunsthalle Basel, and in 2001, in collaboration with the landscape architect Günther Vogt, he created The mediated motion, a large-scale work that filled the entire space of Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria.

He represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The weather project at Tate Modern, London. Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, a survey exhibition organised by SFMOMA in 2007, travelled until 2010. His exhibition Innen Stadt Aussen (Inner City Out) opened at Martin Gropius Bau in 2010, with interventions across Berlin. Three to now is currently on show at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Eliasson has made several projects in public space: for example, Green river, carried out in various cities between 1998 and 2001, and The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, designed together with Kjetil Thorsen and temporarily situated in Kensington Gardens, London. Commissioned by Public Art Fund, The New York City Waterfalls were installed on Manhattan and Brooklyn shorelines during summer 2008.

In April 2009, as a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, Olafur Eliasson founded the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments).