The Icelandic-Danish artist will fill the gallery with fog for his latest immersive exhibition.
Olafur Eliasson (b.1967) Din blinde passager (Your blind passenger) 2010 Fluorescent lamps, monofrequency lamps, fog machine, ventilator, wood, aluminium, steel, fabric, plastic sheet Dimensions variable Installation view at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, 2010 Photo: Thilo Frank / Studio Olafur Eliasson
Scandinavian artist Olafur Eliasson will grace the Tate Modern with an immersive, fog-filled installation this summer. It will be Eliasson’s largest solo exhibition ever, with over 30 works on display, as well as the artist’s first major UK exhibition.
With Eliasson’s Weather Project exhibition in the Tate’s Turbine Hall fifteen years ago drawing huge crowds, and the installation soon becoming one of the most popular in the history of the gallery, the excitement for July’s exhibition is tangible.
The highlight for many will Your Blind Passenger, a 45-meter long corridor of fog that first displayed at Arken Museum in Copenhagen almost a decade ago. With the tunnel providing limited visibility, “very quickly you realise, and I mean this quite literally, that you are not completely blind after all, you have a lot of other senses which start to kick in”, Eliasson explained to the Guardian. “It shows that the relativity of our senses is much higher than we think, we have it in our capacity to recalibrate or at least stop being numb.” Other stand-out works include 1993’s rainbow mist phenomenon, Beauty, 1994’s Moss Wall – made up of Icelandic moss — and the 2014 sculpture Stardust Particle.
The Tate Modern will exhibit over 30 works from almost three decades of Eliasson’s works in Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life. The exhibition will run from 11 July 2019 to 5 January 2020.
(LEFT) Olafur Eliasson (b.1967) Your spiral view 2002 Stainless steel, mirror, steel 3200 x 3200 x 8000 mm Installation view at Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland, 2002 Photographer: Jens Ziehe Boros Collection, Berlin © 2002 Olafur Eliasson
(RIGHT) Olafur Eliasson (b.1967) Moss wall 1994 Reindeer moss, wood, wire Dimensions variable Installation view: Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, 2016 Photo: Hyunsoo Kim Courtesy of the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles © 1994 Olafur Eliasson
(LEFT) Olafur Eliasson (b.1967) Beauty 1993 Spotlight, water, nozzles, wood, hose, pump Dimensions variable Installation view at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2015 Photo: Anders Sune Berg Courtesy of the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles © 1993 Olafur Eliasson
(RIGHT) Olafur Eliasson (b.1967) Big Bang Fountain 2014 Water, strobe light, pump, nozzle, stainless steel, wood, foam, plastic, control unit, dye 1650 x 1600x 1600 mmInstallation view at Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 Photo: Anders Sune BergCourtesy of the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/Los Angeles © 2014 Olafur Eliasson
Olafur Eliasson (b.1967) Cold wind sphere 2012 Stainless steel, coloured glass (dark blue, blue and light grey), mirror, colour-effect filter glass (blue), bulb ø 1700 mm Photo: Jens Ziehe Centre Pompidou, Paris © 2012 Olafur Eliasson