Olafur Eliasson, Remagine, 2002. Installation view at Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, 2002; Collection Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Ministère de la Culture, Paris; photo: Bertrand Huet; © 2009 Olafur Eliasson.

Olafur Eliasson Survey Invites the Viewer to the Party in Manhattan

Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson, installation view, Museum of Modern Art, New York, April 20-June 30, 2008.

Olafur Eliasson, Space reversal, 2007, Mirror foil, aluminum, wood, steel, and drywall, Photo: Ian Reeves, Courtesy San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, © 2008 Olafur Eliasson.

 

Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
212-708-9400
New York
Take your time:
Olafur Eliasson

April 20-June 30, 2008

Take your time: Olafur Eliasson is the first comprehensive survey in the United States of works by Olafur Eliasson, whose large-scale immersive environments, installations, sculptures, and photographs elegantly recreate the extremes of landscape and atmosphere in his native Iceland, at the same time as they foreground the sensory experience of the work itself. Drawing from public and private collections worldwide, the exhibition includes 34 works that explore Eliasson’s diverse range of artistic production from 1991 to the present, including six new works created specifically for The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. Eliasson recontextualizes elements such as light, water, ice, fog, stone, and moss to create unique situations that shift the viewer’s perception of place and self. By transforming the gallery into a hybrid space of nature and culture, Eliasson prompts an intensive engagement with the world and offers a fresh consideration of everyday life. The exhibition will be on view at The Museum of Modern Art and at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center from April 20 through June 30, 2008.

The exhibition is organized by Madeleine Grynsztejn, former Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where the exhibition originated and where it will remain on view through February 24, 2008. In New York, it is coordinated and expanded by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator, Department of Media; and Roxana Marcoci, Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art.

MoMA and P.S.1’s presentation of Take your time includes many of the works shown at SFMOMA as well as 20 additional works. The new works for the MoMA and P.S.1 exhibition are Take your time, The natural light setup, Mirror door (observer), Mirror door (user), Mirror door (spectator), and Mirror door (visitor). Take your time (2008), which will be on view at P.S.1, comprises a large, circular mirror affixed to the ceiling rotating slowly on its axis, destabilizing viewer perception of space as they pass underneath. The natural light setup (2008), also at P.S.1, is a light box emitting a bright, white glow from the combination of all colors in the visible light spectrum. Mirror door (observer), Mirror door (user), Mirror door (spectator), and Mirror door (visitor) (all 2008) are presented in slightly different iterations at MoMA and P.S.1. These works comprise several spotlights projecting onto rectangular mirror doors to create pools of light on the gallery floor.

Other major works in the exhibition include Moss wall (1994), an installation of live reindeer moss that naturally changes color during its time on view in MoMA’s third-floor Special Exhibitions Gallery, and Ventilator (1997), an electric fan suspended from the ceiling of MoMA’s Donald C. and Catherine Marron Atrium, which soars 110 feet above street level. The fan swings above the heads of visitors in ever-changing arcs — a striking representation of unpredictable movement through space.

At P.S.1, installed in the Duplex gallery, Reversed waterfall (1998) consists of a large, four-tiered scaffolding, with fonts on each level that direct water up, reversing its gravitational flow. Reversed waterfall, an early example of Eliasson’s experiments in this format, will remain on view at P.S.1 through September.

Eliasson (born 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and raised in Denmark and Iceland) trained at Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Academy of Arts, where he was influenced by California’s Light and Space movement. Examples of his work reside in major collections worldwide, including those of SFMOMA; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and Tate Modern, London. Eliasson, who represented Denmark at the 2003 Venice Biennale, lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen.

Olafur Eliasson, Colour space embracer, 2005. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, purchase through a gift of Chara Schreyer and the Accessions Committee Fund; photo: Jens Ziehe; © 2009 Olafur Eliasson.

Olafur Eliasson, 360° room for all colours, 2002. Installation view at Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris; Private collection, courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; © 2009 Olafur Eliasson.

… and to the Party in Long Island City, Queens

Olafur Eliasson, Reversed waterfall, 1998, Water, pump, basins, scaffolding, 122-4/5 x 109-2/5 x 63", Installation view at Stiftelsen Wanås Utställningar, Knislinge, Sweden, 2000, Courtesy of the artist, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, and neugerriemschneider, Berlin, © 2008 Olafur Eliasson.

Olafur Eliasson, Wall eclipse, 2004, Glass mirror, 1 motor, HMI lamp, tripod, Dimensions variable, Private collection, Courtesy of the artist, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, and neugerriemschneider, Berlin, © 2008 Olafur Eliasson.

Olafur Eliasson, Moss wall, 1994, Wood, moss, and wire, Dimensions variable, Installation view at Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria, 2000, Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; and neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Photo: Koinegg, © 2008 Olafur Eliasson.

 

P.S.1 Contemporary
Art Center
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City
718-784-2084
Take your time: Olafur Eliasson
April 20-September 15, 2008

Take your time: Olafur Eliasson is the first comprehensive survey in the U.S. of works by Olafur Eliasson, whose large-scale immersive environments, installations, sculptures, and photographs recreate the extremes of landscape and atmosphere in his native Iceland, at the same time as they foreground the sensory experience of the work itself. Drawing from collections worldwide, the exhibition includes 34 works exploring Eliasson’s diverse artistic production from 1991 to the present, including six new works created specifically for The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1. Eliasson recontextualizes elements such as light, water, ice, fog, stone, and moss to create unique situations that shift the viewer’s perception of place and self. By transforming the gallery into a hybrid space of nature and culture, Eliasson prompts an intensive engagement with the world and offers a fresh consideration of everyday life. The exhibition will be on view at The Museum of Modern Art and at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center from April 20 through June 30, 2008.

The exhibition is organized by Madeleine Grynsztejn, former Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where the exhibition originated and where it will remain on view through February 24, 2008. In New York, it is coordinated and expanded by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator, Department of Media; and Roxana Marcoci, Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art.

MoMA and P.S.1’s presentation of Take your time will include many of the works shown at SFMOMA as well as 20 additional works. The new works for the MoMA and P.S.1 exhibition are Take your time, The natural light setup, Mirror door (observer), Mirror door (user), Mirror door (spectator), and Mirror door (visitor). Take your time (2008), which will be on view at P.S.1, comprises a large, circular mirror that is affixed to the ceiling and rotates slowly on its axis, destabilizing viewers’ perception of space as they pass underneath it. The natural light setup (2008), also at P.S.1, is a light box emitting a bright, white glow from the combination of all the colors in the visible light spectrum. Mirror door (observer), Mirror door (user), Mirror door (spectator), and Mirror door (visitor) (all 2008) will be presented in slightly different iterations at both MoMA and P.S.1. These works comprise several spotlights projecting onto rectangular mirror doors to create pools of light on the gallery floor.

Other major works in the exhibition include Moss wall (1994), an installation of live reindeer moss that will naturally change color throughout its time on view in MoMA’s third-floor Special Exhibitions Gallery, and Ventilator (1997), an electric fan suspended from the ceiling of MoMA’s Donald C. and Catherine Marron Atrium, which soars 110 feet above street level. The fan will swing above the heads of visitors in ever-changing arcs—a striking representation of unpredictable movement through space.

At P.S.1, installed in the downstairs Duplex gallery, Reversed waterfall (1998) consists of a large, four-tiered scaffolding, with fonts on each level that direct water upwards, reversing its gravitational flow. Reversed waterfall, an early example of Eliasson’s experiments in this format, will remain on view at P.S.1 through September.

Eliasson (born 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and raised in Denmark and Iceland) trained at Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Academy of Arts, where he was influenced by California’s Light and Space movement. Examples of his work reside in major collections worldwide, including those of SFMOMA; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and Tate Modern, London. Eliasson, who represented Denmark at the 2003 Venice Biennale, lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen.

Olafur Eliasson, Room for one colour, 1997. Installation view at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago on the occasion of Take your time: Olafur Eliasson. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; and neugerriemschneider, Berlin; photo by Nathan Keay; © 2009 Olafur Eliasson