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Olafur Eliasson

Copenhagen, b.1967

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...

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...

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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
1st. Installation view of Riverbed, 2014, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark. Photo by Anders Sune Berg, Image courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson.
2nd. Installation view of Waterfall, 2016, Olafur Eliasson Versailles, Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France. Photo by Anders Sune Berg, Image courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson, provided by PKM Gallery

RELATED CATEGORIES

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

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 1995
    The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen

Solo Exhibition

  • 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

Group Exhibition

  • 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

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Curriculum Vitae

Educations

  • 1995
    The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen

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

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

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

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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