Riverbed by Olafur Eliasson

Humlebæk, 2014

Olafur Eliasson’s giant site specific stone landscape, Riverbed, unfolded through the South Wing of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark inviting visitors to not only be at the exhibition, but also in the exhibition.

In the museum’s Hall Gallery nearly 500 metres of Kvadrat curtain textile Campas was used to create a cinema. Here, visitors receive a variety of experiences, of modes of presence, all with a sensory impact. Olafur Eliasson’s exhibition was intended as an enhancement of our gaze at the museum, at ourselves and at the world.

Artist Olafur Eliasson (IS/DK), born 1967, works in a wide range of media, including installation, painting, sculpture, photography, and film. Since 1997, his solo shows have appeared in major museums around the world. Eliasson’s projects in public space include The New York City Waterfalls in 2008, and Ice Watch for which Eliasson, with geologist Minik Rosing, brought melting ice blocks from Greenland to Copenhagen in 2014 and to Paris on the occasion of the COP21 Climate Conference in 2015. Established in 1995, his studio today numbers about ninety craftsmen, architects, archivists, administrators, and cooks.

In 2014, Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann founded Studio Other Spaces, an office for art and architecture focusing on interdisciplinary and experimental building projects and works in public space. Together with engineer Frederik Ottesen, Eliasson founded the social business Little Sun in 2012. This global project produces and distributes the Little Sun solar lamp for use in off-grid communities and spreads awareness about the need to expand access to sustainable energy to all.

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