The first major survey of Olafur Eliasson gives us the chance to experience his immersive worlds
Olafur Eliasson is someone who strives to make his art relevant to society, engaging us in memorable ways both inside and outside the gallery.
Driven by his interests in perception, movement, and the interaction of people and their environments, he creates artworks which offer experiences that can be shared by those who see them. Now's your chance to experience some of them again in the first major survey of his work at Tate Modern.
Launching on 11 July, Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life is an unmissable exhibition of his career to date, bringing together 40 works spanning the last three decades – from celebrated early installations like Beauty (1993) to new paintings and sculptures. The show will also examine Eliasson's deep engagement with issues of climate change, sustainable energy and migration as well as architecture.
Each installation, or group of works, will encompass one of these explored themes, beginning with Eliasson's early investigations into space, motion and natural phenomena, as considered in Moss Wall (1994), featuring lichen native to the artist's homeland Iceland – right through to his experiments with light, colour, geometry, perception and participation, such as Stardust Particle (2016).
Other installations like Your Spiral View (2002) and Your Uncertain Shadow (2010) incorporate reflections shadows to play with the way we navigate or perceive the world. Together, they reflect the artist's core principle of "seeing yourself sensing". As the works reveal the mechanisms behind their own making, we're invited to consider the physical and psychological processes that contribute to how we experience them.
The show will culminate with a space exploring Eliasson's works on social and environmental issues. Projects such as Little Sun, first launched at Tate Modern in 2012, which provides solar-powered lamps and chargers to communities without access to electricity... or Ice Watch, an installation featuring glacial ice from Greenland to highlight climate change.
Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life is at Tate Modern from 11 July 2019 until 5 January 2020.