Olafur Eliasson

Biography of Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson (born 1967 in Copenhagen, DK) is an installation artist and sculptor who lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen. Along with other artists of his generation he is interested in exploring and expanding the boundaries between art, science, nature, and perception. Best known for his hugely successful installation, The Weather Project, 2003 in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, Eliasson works tend to focus on natural phenomena such as water, light, wind, and temperature. In doing so he creates grandiose, yet intimate, immersive environments in which the experience of the viewer is paramount and the sense of perception and space appear somehow warped.


Olafur Eliasson's diverse oeuvre, including sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installations, has been widely exhibited throughout the world, both in public and private spaces. He represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and has been compared to other prominent artists with a similar focus, including Buckminster Fuller, Robert Irwin, and James Turrell. 

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