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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Olafur Eliasson

b. 1976, Denmark

Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for his sculptures and large-scale, immersive installations. Eliasson completed his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in 1995 and relocated to Berlin upon graduating where he established Studio Olafur Eliasson. Today it employs around seventy professionals working in various fields such as architecture, geometry, and art history.

Eliasson works across a diverse variety of media including sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installation, although it is his installations which have undoubtedly gathered the most attention. Audiences are able to actively engage with Eliasson’s installations which are immersive environments of colour, light, and movement that endeavour to prompt a greater understanding about the way people can engage with and interpret the world. Many of Eliasson’s works seek to inspire public action against climate change.

Eliasson led the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments) for five years from 2009 during his time as a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. The artist launched his solar products business at London’s Tate Modern in 2012 alongside engineer Frederik Ottesen. The organisation aims to promote sustainable global development and provides affordable light sources to communities that are without access to electricity.

Eliasson has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including, most recently, a Crystal Award in 2016 for showing commitment to improving the state of the world. In particular praise was given to his works The New York City Waterfalls, Ice Watch, Riverbed, and The Weather Projects. Other awards granted to the artist have included the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT (2014); the Wolf Prize in Painting and Sculpture (2014); The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award - alongside Henning Larsen Architects and Batterid (2013); the Joan Miró Prize (2007); and the 3rd Benesse Prize (1999).

In 2007, the first retrospective of Eliasson’s work, Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, was held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, before travelling to the Museum of Modern Art and PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York. Olafur Eliasson’s work is held in major public and private collections worldwide, including institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge.

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Featured Artworks

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Quiet Winter Light by Olafur Eliasson contemporary artwork
Olafur EliassonQuiet Winter Light, 2019 Coloured glass (yellow fade, light blue), colour-effect filter glass (pink), gold, driftwood
75 x 116 x 12 cm
PKM Gallery
Slow Winter Light by Olafur Eliasson contemporary artwork
Olafur EliassonSlow Winter Light, 2019 Coloured glass (orange fade, blue), coloured glacial-rock-flour glass (medium green), driftwood
76 x 116 x 12 cm
PKM Gallery
Infinite conversation (lunar infinity) by Olafur Eliasson contemporary artwork
Olafur EliassonInfinite conversation (lunar infinity), 2017 31 glass spheres, silver, stainless steel, paint ( black)
73 x 188.5 x 20.5 cm
PKM Gallery
Pivotal study by Olafur Eliasson contemporary artwork
Olafur EliassonPivotal study, 2018 Glass spheres, silver, paint (black, white), stainless steel
164 x 164 x 31 cm
PKM Gallery
Submergence mirror by Olafur Eliasson contemporary artwork
Olafur EliassonSubmergence mirror, 2017 Coloured glass (light blue), coloured glacial-rock-flour glass (light green), silver, driftwood
105.5 x 75 x 12 cm
PKM Gallery
Pebbles on the beach (parquet) by Olafur Eliasson contemporary artwork
Olafur EliassonPebbles on the beach (parquet), 2017 Maple, ash, oak, larch, cedar, apple, pear, cherry, elm, American walnut, French walnut, smoked oak
275 x 360 x 7 cm
PKM Gallery
Colour experiment no.32 by Olafur Eliasson contemporary artwork
Olafur EliassonColour experiment no.32, 2010 Oil on canvas, plastic
75 x 75 x 37.5 cm
PKM Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, That Which is Not Drawn at Marian Goodman Gallery, London
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25 January–23 February 2019 Group Exhibition That Which is Not Drawn Marian Goodman Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Olafur Eliasson, Models for coexistence at PKM Gallery, Seoul
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20 April–20 June 2017 Olafur Eliasson Models for coexistence PKM & PKM+
Contemporary art exhibition, Olafur Eliasson , We have never been disembodied at Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing
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13 March–12 July 2015 Olafur Eliasson We have never been disembodied Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing

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In Ocula Magazine

Local to Global: Gallery Weekend Beijing 2018 Ocula Report Local to Global: Gallery Weekend Beijing 2018 13 Apr 2018 : Bowen Li for Ocula

Gallery Weekend Beijing was first staged in 2017 on a number of premises, including the fact that Beijing needed an annual event with international appeal to maintain its place as an art destination after the rise of successful art fairs, and an increasing number of museums, in other regional cities like Shanghai and Hong Kong. As its title...

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All Hail Xu Zhen: Report From Art021, Shanghai 2014 Ocula Report All Hail Xu Zhen: Report From Art021, Shanghai 2014 1 Dec 2014 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

ART021 takes its name from the Shanghai dialing code. The numbers serve as a synonym for the city, but only for people calling from within China—from outside the country, you’d call +8621. Still, 021 make more sense for this fair. Founded in 2013 by local PR director Bao Yifeng and former gallery director Kelly Ying, ART021’s...

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In Related Press

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Announces 7 Site-Specific Installations Related Press Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Announces 7 Site-Specific Installations The New York Times : 5 December 2019

The artists are El Anatsui, Byung Hoon Choi, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Olafur Eliasson, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Cristina Iglesias and Ai Weiwei, and they were commissioned to create a mix of sculptures, light installations and suspended artworks for the 14-acre premises, known as the Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus.

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Kiss, Hug, or Get Lost in Olafur Eliasson’s Giant Reflective Spheres Related Press Kiss, Hug, or Get Lost in Olafur Eliasson’s Giant Reflective Spheres Hyperallergic : 10 September 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — The Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson told Hyperallergic that he hopes his massive public art installation, Seeing spheres, at the new Golden State Warriors stadium will become part of the tissue of San Francisco.

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The Sprawling Ecologies of Olafur Eliasson Related Press The Sprawling Ecologies of Olafur Eliasson Hyperallergic : 5 August 2019

LONDON — The great Rebecca Solnit once wrote:'During my years as an art critic I used to joke that museums love artists the way that taxidermists love deer, and something of that desire to secure, to stabilize, to render certain and definite the open-ended, nebulous, and adventurous work of artists is present in many who work in that...

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How do art fairs contribute to the climate crisis? Related Press How do art fairs contribute to the climate crisis? The Financial Times : 7 June 2019

As the realities of a global climate emergency begin to sink in, the well-heeled visitors to this year's Art Basel fair can expect to see work that reflects the concerns of the world outside–at least to a certain extent. 'Studies show that the wealthier you are, the bigger your carbon footprint, so it's great that we are now seeing this addressed...

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In Video & Audio

90 tons of glacial ice melt in front of the Paris climate talks Related Video & Audio 90 tons of glacial ice melt in front of the Paris climate talks The Creators Project : 5 December 2015

Eight 11-ton blocks of glacial ice are en route to Paris to make a monumental statement about climate change adjacent to the UN conference on the subject, COP21. An assemblage of boats, cranes, and trucks are transporting the frozen obelisks from from a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland, to the age-old capital of European culture, courtesy of...

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