Olafur Eliasson
Iceland, b.1967


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Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Eliasson 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 diverse works – in sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installations – have been exhibited widely throughout the world. Not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery, his practice engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects and interventions in civic space.

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 encompasses some ninety craftsmen, specialised technicians, architects, archivists, administrators, programmers, art historians, and cooks.

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, and, 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, including an enormous artificial waterfall that cascaded into the Grand Canal.

Eliasson’s projects in public space include Green river, carried out in various cities between 1998 and 2001, and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, designed together with Kjetil Thorsen. The New York City Waterfalls, commissioned by Public Art Fund, were installed on Manhattan and Brooklyn shorelines during summer 2008. Ice Watch brought melting icebergs from Greenland to Copenhagen in 2014 and to Paris on the occasion of the COP21 Climate Conference in 2015. Your rainbow panorama, a 150-metre circular, coloured-glass walkway situated on top of ARoS Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, opened in 2011, and Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, for which Eliasson created the facades in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects was completed that same year.

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 Little Sun. The social business and global project provides clean, affordable light to communities without access to electricity; encourages sustainable development through sales of the Little Sun solar-powered lamp, designed by Eliasson and Ottesen; 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, 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.

Text provided by PKM gallery, Seoul. Courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson

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Installation, Site-specific Installation, Mixed-media Installation, Nature, Philosophy, Science, Metaphysics, Architecture, Lighting, Mirror, Use of color, Space, Perception, Experience

Curriculum Vitae

Educations
1995
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
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Solo Exhibitions
2017
Olafur Eliasson: Greenlight- An artistic workshop 2017, The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston
Olafur Eliasson: The listening dimension, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Olafur Eliasson, The Presence of absence, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin
2016
Olafur Eliasson: Notion motion, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Olafur Eliasson Versailles, Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
Olafur Eliasson: The parliament of possibilities, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
Olafur Eliasson: Nothingness is not nothing at all, Long Museum, Shanghai
2015
Olafur Eliasson: BAROQUE BAROQUE, The Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy, Vienna
Olafur Eliasson: The collectivity project, The Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH), Houston
Olafur Eliasson: Verklighetsmaskiner, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Olafur Eliasson: Works from the Boros Collection 1994 – 2015, Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
We have never been disembodied, Mirrored Garden, Hualong Agriculture Grand View Garden, Guangzhou, China
Time-sensitive activity, Modern Art Museum, Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
2014
Olafur Eliasson: Contact, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Olafur Eliasson: Your trust, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
Olafur Eliasson: Turner colour experiments, Tate Britain, London
Olafur Eliasson: Riverbed, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
2013
Olafur Eliasson: The cubic structural evolution project, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), Sydney
Permanent Installation at the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Des Moines Art Center, IA
Olafur Eliasson: Sua fogueira cósmica (Your cosmic campfire), Lentos Art Museum, Linz, Austria
Olafur Eliasson: Eine Feier, elf Räume und ein gelber Korridor, Mönchehaus Museum Goslar, Germany
Olafur Eliasson: Sua fogueira cósmica (Your cosmic campfire), Lentos Art Museum, Linz, Austria
Olafur Eliasson: Den trekantede himmel (The triangular sky), Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark
Olafur Eliasson: The cubic structural evolution project, Sherman Contemporary, Paddington, Australia
2012
Olafur Eliasson: Volcanoes and shelters, neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Olafur Eliasson: Volcanoes and shelters, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Olafur Eliasson, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo
Olafur Eliasson: Little Sun, Tate Modern, London
Olafur Eliasson: Your uncertain shadow, PKM Trinity Gallery, Seoul
2011
Olafur Eliasson: Three to now, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall. Part of The Divine Comedy, with Tomás Saraceno and Ai Weiwei, a collaboration with Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, USA
Olafur Eliasson: Seu corpo da obra, 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil, São Paulo
Olafur Eliasson: Your emotional future, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine
2010
Olafur Eliasson: Din blinde passager, part of the exhibition series Utopia, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark
Olafur Eliasson: Cars in rivers, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
Olafur Eliasson: Notion motion, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Olafur Eliasson: Innen Stadt Aussen, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
Multiple shadow house, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
2009
Olafur Eliasson: Your chance encounter, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
ls the sky part of a landscape, PKM Trinity Gallery, Seoul
Olafur Eliasson: The Truth of Non-Digital Colours, Art Stations Foundation, Poznán, Poland
The body as brain – The moving museum: Projekt Sammlung (6), Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland
The colour circle series, Niels Borch Jensen Galerie, Berlin
Your watercolour machine, Andersens Contemporary, Copenhagen
2008
Olafur Eliasson: Your spiral view, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
La naturalesa de les coses / La Naturaleza de las cosas / The nature of things, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Centre Cultural Caixa Girona – Fontana d’Or, Girona, Spain
Your mobile expectations: BMW H2R project, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Spatial vibration: string – based instrument, study II, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Fokus: Olafur Eliasson, Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel
2007
Winter solstice, Jarla Partilager, Stockholm
The body as brain – Lava floor: Projekt Sammlung (5), Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland
Your tempo: Olafur Eliasson, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, travelled to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, NY, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Gladstone Regional Art Gallery, Gladstone, Various Australia Galleries & Museums; Dogwood Crossing, Miles; Cooloola Shire Public Gallery, Gympie; Bundaberg Arts Centre; Artspace Mackay; Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery; Hervey Bay Regional Gallery; Caloundra Regional Art Gallery
Works on paper and other flat objects, PKM Gallery, Seoul
The cubic structural evolution project, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
2006
The collectivity project / Fellesprosjektet, Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design, Oslo
Sonne statt Regen, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Munich
The endless study, Österreichische Friedrich und Lillian Kiesler Privatstiftung, Vienna
Caminos de naturaleza, Fundación Telefónica, Madrid
A laboratory of mediating space, Aedes am Pfefferberg, Berlin
The body as brain – The water tower projekt: Projekt Sammlung (4), Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland
The afterimage experiment, Zeiss Grossplanetarium, Berlin
Remagine, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
Your waste of time, neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Omgivelser, Andersen‘s, Copenhagen
2005
Your circumspection disclosed, Fundación NMAC, Cádiz, Spain
The body as brain, Projekt Sammlung (3), Kunsthaus Zug, Dorfstrasse, Switzerland
Your light shadow, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Olafur Eliasson: Notion motion, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Meant to be lived in (Today I’m feeling prismatic), Emi Fontana West of Rome, Jamie Residence, Pasadena, CA, USA
Studium bez końca / The endless study, Fundacja Galerii Foksal, Warsaw, Poland
2004
Forgetting, Brändström & Stene, Stockholm
Olafur Eliasson: Minding the world, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark
Olafur Eliasson: Your colour memory, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA, USA
I only see things when they move, Aspen Art Museum, CO, USA
The body as brain: Projekt Sammlung (2), Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland
Olafur Eliasson: Your lighthouse; Arbeiten mit Licht 1991 – 2004 / Works with light 1991 – 2004, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
360° room for all colours, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main
Colour memory and other informal shadows, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
Frost activity, Reykjavik Art Museum–Hafnarhús, Reykjavik, Iceland
2003
The body as brain: Projekt Sammlung (1), Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland
The weather project, The Unilever Series, Tate Modern, London
The blind pavilion, Danish Pavilion, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice
Olafur Eliasson, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Sonne statt Regen, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Munich
Funcionamiento silencioso, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia - Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, Madrid
2002
The cartographic series I + II, Niels Borch Jensen Galerie und Verlag, Berlin
Udsigten der aldrig tænker, Galleri Kirke Sonnerup, Kirke Saaby, Denmark; Stalke Galleri, Copenhagen
Forsøg, forslag, modeller og andre muligheder, Overgaden – Kulturministeriets Udstillingshus for Nutidig Kunst, Copenhagen
Chaque matin je me sens différent, chaque soir je me sens le même, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
2001
The structural evolution project, Mala Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Die Dinge, die du nicht siehst, die du nicht siehst, neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Projects 73: Olafur Eliasson; Seeing yourself sensing, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Olafur Eliasson: The young land, 4th Annual ICA / Vita Brevis Project, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Surroundings surrounded, ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
2000
Olafur Eliasson, IASPIS – International Artists Studio Program in Sweden, Stockholm, Part of an exhibition series that included Syndrome, with Pascale Marthine Tayou and Henrik Håkonsson; Rivane Neuenschwander; and Disapear
Olafur Eliasson, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany
Focus: Olafur Eliasson - Your intuitive surroundings versus your surrounded intuition, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
The only thing we have in common is that we are different, Center for Contemporary Art CCA Kitakyushu, Japan
Olafur Eliasson: New Work, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, USA
The curious garden, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
1999
Your position surrounded and your surroundings positioned, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland
Job Koelewijn & Olafur Eliasson, de Appel, Amsterdam
Yet untitled, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany
Olafur Eliasson: Your circumspection disclosed, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italy
Riflessi di una certa importanza, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan
1998
New paperworks, Stalke Galleri, Copenhagen
Olafur Eliasson, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Yet untitled, neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Olafur Eliasson, Gallerí Kambur, Rangárþing ytra, Iceland
Tell me about a miraculous invention, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark
Olafur Eliasson, Reykjavik Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir, Iceland
1997
Your windy corner, Galleri Andreas Brändström, Stockholm
Nye Fotos, Stalke Galleri, Copenhagen
The Curious Garden, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
1996
Your foresight endured, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan
Berätta för mig om en mirakulös uppfinning / Tell me about a miraculous invention, Galleri Andreas Brändström, Stockholm; Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden
1995
Eine Beschreibung einer Reflexion, oder aber eine angenehme Übung zu deren Eigenschaften, neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Olafur Eliasson und Christa Näher, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany
Thoka, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
1994
Lilja Lever (Petrun, Vølven), Stalke Galleri, Copenhagen
Guckkasten (Fyrirheitna Landid), Tolksdorf & Friebe, Cologne, Germany
Einhverjir fleiri munu hafa veri∂ á ferli Þessa nótt / Einige erinnern sich, dass sie auf dem Weg waren diese Nacht, Galerie Lukas & Hoffmann, Cologne, Germany
No nights in summer, no days in winter, Forumgalleriet, Malmö, Sweden
1993
Non Existent (Mental), Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
1992
Expectations, Copenhagen
1991
31 Days of News, with Jacob Riise, Café Krasnapolsky, Copenhagen
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Group Exhibitions
2017
The Power of the Avant – grade (collaboration with Warsaw), Bozar Expo, Brussel
Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art and Everything, Queesland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane, Australia
Viva Arte Viva, curated by Christine Macel, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice
2016
All Means are Sacred, M Woods, Beijing
2014
Beyond and Between, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
Burn Down the House, curated by Jessica Morgan, 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian: The Infinite White Abyss, K20 Grabeplatz, Düsseldorf, Germany
Out of the darkness, AROS, Aarhus, Denmark
Fundacion Cidade da Cultura de Galicia - Museo Centro Gaiá, Santiago de Compostela Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts, Plug in Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Spuren der Moderne/Traces of Modernism, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Footnotes, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
La llamada del destino, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Lima, Lima, Peru
The Five Senses, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2013
Re:emerge- Towards a New Cultural Cartography, Sharjah Biennial11, Sharjah, UAE
Ante el horizonte, Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain
Yes, Naturally: How Art Saves the World, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands
Moving, curated by N.Foster, Carre d'Art, Nimes, France
Expo1: New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York
Photografica Bogota, MAMBO, Bogota, Colombia
The Hunter and the Factory, Fundación/Colección Jumex, Ectepec, Mexico
The Insides Are on the Outside I O interior está no exterior, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Casa de Vidro Lina Bo Bardi, São Paulo, Brasil
Fugitive Structures, SCAF, Sydney
AGAIN: Repetition, Obsession and Meditation, Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM
Fritz Winter: Das Innere der Natur, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
Elemental - Iceland and Beyond, curated by Gregory Volk, Havremagasinet, Boden, Sweden
Kindred Spirits, Rabo Art Zone, Utrecht, The Netherlands
An Artificial Wilderness: The Landsape in Contemporary Photography, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
White, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2012
Nam June Paiks 80th Anniversary: Nostalgia is an Extended Feedback, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Kore; Villa Schoningen, Potsdam, Germany
Infinite tasks: When art and books unbind eachother, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Portugal
The Future Archive, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Danser sa vie, Center Pompidou, Paris
FRESH WINDOW: Fenster-Blider seit Matisse und Duchamp, K20 Kunstsammulung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany.
Sense of Place: European Landscape Photography, Centre for Fine Arts, BOZAR, Brussels
Portfolio Berlin 02, Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany
Beijing Posthastism, Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing
Infinite tasks. When art and book unbind each other, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
2011
True Faith, Andersens Contemporary, Copenhagen
Rudolf Steiner und die Kunst der Gegenwart, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
A Sense of Perspective, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
The Divine Comedy, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA
Without Destination, Reykjavik Art Museum, Hafnarhús, Iceland
LITOS GRAFERA: Lithographs by International Contemporary Artists, KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg, Denmark
Objects of Devotion and Desire: Medieval Relic to Contemporary Art, The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York
ColorForms, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
EM NONE DOS ARTISTAS - CLASSICOS DA ARTE CONTEMPORANIA NA COLECAO ASTRUP FEARNLEY, Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Carolina Collects: 150 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, Ackland Art Museum, The Universtiy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
Syntax: Text and symbolism for a new generation, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
2010
Still / Moving, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Going International, FLAG Art Foundation, New York
Big New Field, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Dopplereffekt. Bilder in Kunst und Wissenschaft, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
People meet in architecture, La Biennale di Venezia: 12th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice
2009
BEST OF AUSTRIA. Eine Kunstsammlung, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz, New Zealand
Rotating Views #1: Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo
Camere 8: Olafur Eliasson, Giulio Paolini, Erwin Wurm, Galleria RAM radioartemobile, Rome
Science versus Fiction, Bétonsalon, Paris
Il Tempo del Postino, Theater Basel, Art 40 Basel, Basel
The World Is Yours, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
FLASH! Light and movement (Valoa ja liikettä), Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere; Finland Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj, Denmark
Mediated Experience: Olafur Eliasson’s books, Artelibro, Art Book Festival, Bologna
Rethink Relations, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
2008
Das Sehen sehen: Neoimpressionismus und Moderne; Signac bis Eliasson, Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary: Collection as Aleph, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria
A Room of One’s Own, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Serpentine Gallery - The Experiment Marathon: Part 2, Reykjavik Arts Festival, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
Moralische Fantasien, Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Warth, Switzerland
Revolutions - Forms that Turn, 16th Sydney Biennale, Sydney
Infinite Ice: Traversing the Arctic and the Alps from 1860 to the present, Albertina, Vienna
YOUniverse, Third International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Seville, Spain
Full House – American Art from the Collections of Guggenheim and Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Helsinki
2007
Refract, Reflect, Project: Light Works from the Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Future systems: Rare Moments, Lentos, Kunstmuseum Linz, Germany
The Shapes of Space, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
A North Light - Cynosure, The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, UK
Il Tempo del Postino, Manchester International Festival, Manchester, UK
Nature Design. Von Inspiration zu Innovation, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Window/Interface, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
2move–Migrante Video, Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
I can only see things when I move. Positionen zeitgenössischer Kunst auf Papir, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden–Kupferstich-Kabinett, Germany
Space for your future, Museum for Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2006
Nature Attitudes, Thyssen - Bornemisza Art Contemporary (T-B A21), Vienna
Where are we going?: Opere scelte dalla collezione François Pinault, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
The Expanded Eye, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Surprise, Surprise, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Eye on Europe: Prints, Books, & Multiples / 1960 to Now, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2005
Making Things Public: Atmosphären der Demokratie, Zentrum für Kunst undMedientechnologie, Karlsruhe
Tími, rými, tilvera, Reykjavik Arts Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland
Your black horizon, 51st Venice Biennale (exhibited in Art Pavilion by David Adjaye,commissioned by Thyssen- Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna), Venice; Lopud Island, Croatia (2007)
Here Comes the Sun, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm
Expérience de la durée, 8th Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
Arte all’Arte 10: Arte Architettura Paesaggio, Associazione Arte Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
36 x 27 x 10, White Cube, Berlin
Volkspalast, Palazzo della Repubblica, Berlin
2004
The Amazing and The Immutable, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida
Nouvelles Collections, Centre PasquArt, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
Everything Is Connected, he, he, he, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
Reflecting the Mirror, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Monument to Now, Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Artists’ Favourites: Act II, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
The Encounters in the 21st Century: Polyphony - Emerging Resonances, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Moving Parts: Forms of the Kinetic (Bewegliche Teile: Formen des Kinetischen ), teirischer Herbst, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria; Museum Tinguely, Basel
Invisibile, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy
2003
Revisitar Canarias, Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid, Spain; travelled to Sala la Regenta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain; and Sala La Granja, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
The Straight or Crooked Way, Royal College of Art, London
Utopia Station, 50th Venice Biennale, Italy; travelled to Mostra d’Oltremare, Naples, Italy; Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany; Kunst + Projekte, Sindelfingen, Germany; and World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Nuevos Proyectos, Foundación NMAC, Cádiz, Spain
Sitings: Installation Art 1969 - 2002, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Einbildung: Das Wahrnehmen in der Kunst, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria
The Fifth System: Public Art in the Age of Post-Planning, 5th Shenzhen International Public Art Exhibition, Shenzhen, China
2002
Thin Skin: The Fickle Nature of Bubbles, Spheres, and Inflatable Structures, AXA Gallery, New York; traveled to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona; International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, Texas; Chicago Cultural Center, Illinois; Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas; Wichita State University, Kansas; Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, Califonia; Boise Art Museum, Idaho; and Gemeentemuseum Helmond, The Netherlands. (organized by Independent Curators International, New York)
Beyond Paradise: Nordic Artists Travel East, Museet for samtidskunst, Oslo; travelled to Danish Contemporary Art Foundation, Copenhagen; Tadu Contemporary Art Gallery and additional venues, Bangkok, Thailand; National Art Gallery and additional venues, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Fine Art Museum and Jin Wen Art Center, Shanghai, China (organized by Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden)
Claude Monet…bis zum digitalen Impressionismus, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland
The Object Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK
Moving Pictures: Contemporary Photography and Video from the Guggenheim Museum Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
Dialoghi Europei d’Arte: Città di Napoli, Castel dell’Ovo and Castel Nuovo, Naples, Italy
Mirror Mirror, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), North Adams, Massachusetts
2001
Freestyle: Werke aus der Sammlung Boros, Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen, Germany
En el Cielo, 49th Venice Biennale, Venice
Black Box: Der Schwarzraum in der Kunst, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Mega Wave: Towards a New Synthesis, Yokohoma 2001: International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohoma, Japan
Aubette: Het verlangen naar een (andere) plaats, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
2000
Organising Freedom - nordisk 90-tals konst, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Charlottenborg Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen
Naust, Øygarden, Tjeldstø, Norway
Wonderland, Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri
Benesse Prize Winners Exhibition, Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan
Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
1999
d’APERTutto, the 48th Venice Biennale, Venice
Sogni / Dreams, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
Can You Hear Me?, 2nd ARS BALTICA Triennal of Photographic Art, Stadtgalerie im Sophienhof, Kiel, Germany; travelled to Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania; Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany; Bergen Kunsthall/Bergens Kunstforening, Norway; and Galleria Otso, Espoo, Finland
Carnegie International 1999/2000, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Children of Berlin: Cultural Developments 1989-1999, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
Arte Continua, Casole d’Elsa I, San Gimignano, Italy
1998
Sightings: New Photographic Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Nuit blanche, scènes nordiques: Les années 90, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; travelled to Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; Bergen Kunstmuseum, Norway; Porin Taidemuseo, Pori, Finland; and Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Sweden
Mai 98: Positionen zeitgenössischer Kunst seit den 60er Jahren, Kunsthalle Köln, Cologne, Germany
La ville, le jardin, la mémoire, Villa Medici, Académie de France à Rome, Rome
Kunst & Windenergie zur Weltausstellung, Rathaus der Landeshauptstadt Hannover, Hannover, Germany
Projekt Nr. 12: Et blik på halvfemserne, Stalke Out of Space, Copenhagen; Amtsgården, Roskilde, Denmark
Auf der Spur: Kunst der 90er Jahren im Spiegel von Schweizer Sammlungen, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich
Light x Eight: The Hanukkah Project, Jewish Museum, New York
1997
Schauplatz Museumsquartier: Zur Transformation eines Ortes, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Studija Islandija, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Louisiana Udstillingen: Ny Kunst fra Danmark og Skåne, Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Humlebæk, Denmark
On Life, Beauty, Translations and Other Difficulties, 5th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
Trade Routes: History and Geography, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, Johnnesburg
1996
Prospect 96: Photographie in der Gegenwartskunst, Frankfurter Kunstverein and Schirn, Germany
Declining and becoming, Manifesta 1, Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria; travelled to Wäino Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland; and Art Focus, Tel Aviv, Israel
Skriget. Borealis 8, ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj, Denmark
1995
Campo 95, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, 46th Venice Biennale, Italy; travelled to Sant'Antonino di Susa, Turin, Italy; and Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden
1994
Europa '94, Junge europäische Kunst in München, MOC Messehallen, Munich
1993
Black Box–Kunst under jorden, GLOBE Kuratorgruppe, Copenhagen
Overdrive, 10 Young Nordic Artists, Project Room, Copenhagen
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Public Art Projects
2014
Trees of Codes (contemporary ballet), commissioned by Manchester Sadler’s Wells, Manchester, UK; New York, NY, USA
Ice Watch, Place du Panthéon, Paris 2015; City Hall Square, Copenhagen, 2014
2013
Wirbelwerk, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Munich
2012
Little Sun, launched at World Economic Forum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The blind pavilion, Red Brick Contemporary Art Muse, Beijing
2011
Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects, Façade for Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
2008
The New York City Waterfalls, temporary installation, New York, commissioned by Public Art Fund, New York
2007
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, in collaboration with Kjetil Thorsen; temporary installation, commissioned by Serpentine Gallery, London
2006
Eye see you, temporary installations for Louis Vuitton boutiques worldwide, 2006-07, commissioned by Louis Vuitton Malletier
2005
Design by Henning Larsen Architects, expected completion in 2011, commissioned by Eignarhaldsfélagid Portus Ltd
1998
Green river, intervention in Bremen, Germany, 1998; Moss, Norway, 1998; The Northern Fjallabak Route, Iceland, 1998; Los Angeles, CA, USA, 1999; Stockholm, Sweden, 2000; Tokyo, Japan, 2001
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Permanent Installations
2016
Vær i vejret, Permanent installation, commissioned by Ordrupgaard Museum and Nordea- fonden, Denmark
2015
Cirkelbroen, permanent installation on Christianshavns Kanal, Copenhagen, a gift by Nordea-fonden to the city ofCopenhagen
Raum für Bildung und Bilder, permanent installation, commissioned by Universität der Künste, Berlin
2014
Panoramic awareness pavilion, permanent installation, commissioned by Des Mnies Art Center, John and MaryPappajohn Sculpture Park, Des Monies, Iowa, USA
Gravity stairs, permanent installation, commissioned by Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
Inside the horizon, permanent installation, commissioned by Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
2013
Den trekantede Himmel, permanent installation Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark
Knowing doing planet, permanent installation, commissioned by Statoil, Sculpture Park Oslao, Norway
2012
Your glacial expectations, a collaborative project by Vogt Landsacpe Architects and Olafur Eliasson, permanent installation, commissioned by Kvadrat, Ebeltoft, Denmark
2009
The parliament of reality, permanent installation, The Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard), Bard College, New York, commissioned by The Center for Curatorial Studies and The Luma Foundation
Sunspace for Shibukawa, permanent installation, Shibukawa, Japan, commissioned by Hara Museum ARC
Cirkelbroen, permanent installation, Christianshavns Kanal, Copenhagen, commissioned by Nordea Fonden
2008
Tellurium for A. P. Møller Skolen, permanent installation, Schleswig, Germany, commissioned by The A.P.Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation
2006
Music wall, permanent installation, Alsion, Sønderborg, Denmark, commissioned by Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark
Your rainbow panorama, permanent installation; competition, ARos Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark, commissioned by ARoS AarhusKunstmuseum, Denmark
2005
Glass brick for the façades of the Icelandic National Concert and Conference Centre, Reykjavik, Iceland
2004
Umschreibung, permanent installation; competition, KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft, Munich, Germany,commissioned by KPMG Deutsche Treuhand - Gesellschaft, Berlin
Dufttunnel (Scent Tunnel): A Project for the Autostadt, permanent installation, Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Germany, commissioned by Autostadt GmbH, Wolfsburg, Germany
The other wall, permanent installation; competition, the New Oslo Opera, Norway, commissioned by KORO–Public Art Norway
2003
Sphere, permanent installation; competition, Fünf Höfe, Viscardihof, Munich, commissioned by HypoVereinsbank for Fünf Höfe development, Munich, Germany.
2001
Windspiegelwand (Wind Mirror Wall), permanent installation, Berlin, commissioned by Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, Berlin
2000
The movement meter for Lernacken, permanent installation, City of Malmö, commissioned by City of Malmö, Sweden
1998
Yellow fog, temporary installation, The Jewish Museum, New York; permanent installation, Verbund Zentrale, Am Hof, Vienna
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EXHIBITIONS


Olafur Eliasson: Models for Coexistence