He is developing a new installation exclusively for the Kunsthaus Zürich that will occupy the entirety of the Bührle gallery. The exhibition’s subject is the relationship between human beings and the other life-forms and species on Earth – a central theme in the Anthropocene. Eliasson’s exhibition proposes an idea of the world based on co-existence and collaboration rather than competition, and transforms the gallery into an immersive, all-encompassing totality that appeals to a variety of senses.
Often drawing on science, Eliasson’s works deal with physical phenomena of nature, such as light, water, movement and reflection. He is interested, however, not in abstract, formal experiments but in perception itself: he invites us to view the world and ourselves with fresh eyes, to sense and probe things anew.
For Eliasson, art must also be relevant to society. Issues such as climate change, migration and the exploitation of our planet’s resources are central to his work. He successfully translates these essential themes and social concerns into a formal language that not only appeals to people rationally but also touches them emotionally and moves them physically.
Curator: Mirjam Varadinis
At Studio Olafur Eliasson, test for a new installation work, 2019 (detail), photo: Alcuin Stevenson / Studio Olafur Eliasson, © 2019 Olafur Eliasson