About the Artist

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Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) is a prolific Icelandic-Danish artist who works in a wide range of media and forms—installation, painting, sculpture, photography, and film—to address topics related to architecture, ecology, food, education, sustainability, climate change, and perception. Over the past couple of decades, he has developed several world-renowned art projects that address our relationship with the environment, the earliest among them being The weather project (2003) at the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London. In 2008, he created a Public Art Fund project consisting of four man-made waterfalls placed around New York City along the East River. For Ice Watch, Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing have showcased icebergs from Greenland in the public squares of cities across Europe (Copenhagen, 2014; Paris, 2015; and London, 2018).

Eliasson has had solo shows in major institutions around the world, among them, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; SESC Belenzinho, SESC Pompéia, and the Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo; and the Venice Biennale. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Tate Gallery, London; and the Kunstmuseum Basel, among others.

Olafur Eliasson. Photo: Lars Borges

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