Research: Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist. He founded his studio in Berlin, German. Let’s see the work, not the word.

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Olafur Eliasson, born 1967 in Copenhagen, studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1995 he established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, a laboratory for spatial research. Here he works with a team of architects, art historians, and material and light specialists to develop and produce artworks such as installations, photo series, and sculptures.

Eliasson represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The weather project in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London. Recent exhibition venues include Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, a large survey organised by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2007, travelled to The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Dallas Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Eliasson has made numerous projects in public space, such as the intervention Green river, 1998, carried out in various cities between 1998 and 2001. With the Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen he designed the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, a temporary pavilion situated in Kensington Gardens, London. Commissioned by the Public Art Fund, Eliasson’s The New York City Waterfalls were installed on Manhattan and Brooklyn shorelines in 2008. His exhibition Innen Stadt Außen (Inner City Out), 2010, anchored in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, also included various interventions in the city.

As professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, Olafur Eliasson founded the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments) in 2009.

The Starbrick is Eliasson’s first unlimited edition.

New York Waterfall 2008

Your split second house

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Take your time

BMW Art car( H2R project)

He is a scientists and artists. He played a lot with space and light, just as what he said in TED. By viewing his art pieces, I can say that he is a successful artist. I believe there’s a powerful funding system that supports his work. He collaborated with a lot of big companies and cities, and that’s not some “poor” artists can achieve. He designed a lamp called “Starbrick”, and it’s the first unlimited pieces that he made, it cost 2400 euros to buy one, and I believe because of the name “Olafur Eliasson”, many people will buy it. That’s why he is successful.
He used a lot of structures and geometric shapes. I love some of his art pieces, like take your time, your split second home, etc. But I don’t like the New York waterfalls. I think that destroyed the view of Brooklyn bridge. And it didn’t fit with the environment. Some people write a song about that and upload to Youtube. But all kinds of art is about personal preferences, maybe you have a different view from myself. New York waterfall’s concept was easy, the difficult part is to do that because it’s in the New York City’s famous bridge. Few artists have that power and money to build that.

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