Olafur Eliasson (1967) is a visual artist whose critically acclaimed solo shows have appeared in major museums around the world since 1997. He represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed the hugely popular The weather project in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London, which was seen by more than two million people. Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, a survey exhibition organised by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, travelled until 2010, stopping in New York in 2008 for a joint exhibition at MoMA and PS1. Innen Stadt Aussen (Inner City Out) at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, in 2010 breached the boundaries of the museum with subtle, evocative interventions in the city. Similarly, in 2011, Seu corpo da obra (Your body of work) engaged with three institutions around São Paulo and spread out into the vast metropolis with playful impromptu actions, including mirrors and specially produced bikes with mirrored wheels. Further projects in public space include Green river, carried out at various locations between 1998 and 2001; Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, designed with the architect Kjetil Thorsen; and the four grandiose New York City Waterfalls, commissioned by Public Art Fund in 2008 with the support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Your rainbow panorama, a large circular coloured-glass walkway situated as a beacon on top of ARoS Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, opened in May 2011, and Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, for which Eliasson created a crystalline façade in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects, was inaugurated in August 2011. Established in 1995, Eliasson’s Berlin studio today numbers about fifty craftsmen, architects, geometers, and art historians. As a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, Olafur Eliasson has run the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments), an innovative model for art education, since April 2009.
Studio Olafur Eliasson