, 14. September 2016
About Light, Installations and Berlin

Olafur Eliasson

He is one of the most successful conceptual artists in the world. His installations inspire many people, straight or just because they work a lot with the elements of light, water and air. The Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has been very successful both inside and outside the art world. We introduce him and his projects.

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Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson`s artistic career began in 1989 studying Fine Arts in Copenhagen at the Royal Danish Academy. However, it was clear for the young talent early on that Denmark had to be excluded for his artistic career. He wanted to move to a city where there was more confidence in art and in future. Therefore, Eliasson gravitated towards Berlin in 1994. Already before the Wall fell, there was the art scene of New Wild around the sculptor Georg Herold and the painters Elvira Bach and Rainer Fetting. It was very important for a small group of about 40 people to stand out from the established art scene to create something new.

A first work of the conceptual artist was an oscillating electric ventilator hanging swinging from a ceiling. For his project "Green River" (1998 - 2001), Eliasson coloured the water of different rivers in the world one with a non-toxic dye. The public response here was part of the artwork itself. The Dane reached definitive recognition in the art world with his installation "The Weather Project" at the Tate Modern in London, illustrated in 2003. Eliasson transformed the vast turbine hall of the museum with minimal means of light, air and water into an artificial natural mood. He doubled the space by mirrors on the ceiling, the light of the setting sun was generated by single-frequency fluorescent tubes, small nozzles on the sides of the hall sprayed fine wafts of mist - a natural impression embedded in a non-natural one.

Another work, which left a lasting impression worldwide, is "The New York City Waterfalls". For this Eliasson installed four large artificial waterfalls under the Brooklyn Bridge. Many further beautiful installations can be admired on the website of this exceptional artist. Alternatively, you can visit one of his exhibitions. Currently "Olafur Eliasson at the Palace of Versailles 2016" exhibits at the Chateau de Versailles in Paris until, 1st November2016. In Rotterdam (Netherlands), more precisely in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the exhibition "Olafur Eliasson. Notion motion” takes place until 18th September 2016. Moreover, at the Kunstmuseum Thun (Switzerland) one refers to "The forces behind the forms - Earth's matter, process in contemporary art" until 20th November 2016.

Besides all his art, Eliasson has implemented for himself the passionate project "Little Sun". He sells small, yellow LED lamps out of plastic, whose batteries can be recharged by photovoltaic. The lamp is to bring light to all those who still have to live in Africa without electricity.

Olafur Eliasson has already received all the valuable prizes and honors in his previous artistic career. He currently shuttles between Berlin and Copenhagen back and forth. In Berlin - 90 employees work at his creative studio in Prenzlauer Berg. His wife and children live in Copenhagen. It is important for the couple that the children attend a Danish school.

We are excited about what ideas will come up from the creative studio in Berlin the next few years and wish the impressive artist Olafur Eliasson all the best!

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