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'physical engagement is a thought process too, as the process of thought is a physical relation' - Olafur Eliasson

After his highly-praised, large yellow ‘sun’ in the Tate Modern this past year, Olafur Eliasson will develop a special project for the three large exhibition rooms of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Olafur Eliasson (1967) is of Icelandic parentage, but was born and raised in Copenhagen and has produced an oeuvre over the past ten years which consists of rainbows, sunsets, waterfalls, walls of smells, mist, beams of light and periscopes. As an artist, he is interested in evoking phenomena we know from nature, by means of simple technical tools. Eliasson does not create ‘real’ objects, but rather he creates sensory experiences with the technical tools forming a visible part of the installation.

Eliasson’s work makes his viewers aware of their own perception; they seem to make that perception tangible. Eliasson’s installations also refer to themes that are well-known in the history of art, such as the sublime, the visionary, and beauty. Olafur Eliasson is one of the most successful artists of his generation. He has had numerous solo exhibitions all over the world and represented Denmark at the last Venice Biannual. Eliasson works and lives in Berlin.

In his work for the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Eliasson wants to draw attention to the relationship between the body and the immediate physical environment. In that respect, this solo presentation of Eliasson’s work ties in with the international group exhibition Perception of Space (with Ernesto Neto, Massimo Bartolini, Ann Veronika Janssens and Mark Bain among others) which was on display at the Boijmans last summer.


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Olafur Eliasson. Notion Motion