Olafur Eliasson was the Palace of Versailles’ guest artist for the summer of 2016. From 7 June – 30 October 2016.
About this Artwork
The work of internationally acclaimed visual artist Olafur Eliasson (IS/DK, 1967) investigates perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. He is best known for striking installations such as the hugely popular The weather project (2003) in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London, which was seen by more than two million people, and The New York City Waterfalls (2008), four large-scale artificial waterfalls which were installed on the shorelines of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
About the Artist
Olafur Eliasson, born 1967 in Copenhagen, of Icelandic parentage, studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, from 1989 to 1995. Early in his career he moved to Germany, establishing Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin. Internationally acclaimed, Eliasson lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin. His studio functions as an interdisciplinary space, generating dialogues between art and its surroundings. Through ongoing studies of spatial and temporal matters, it explores how form is a carrier of content and seeks to enhance a general awareness of this relation. Olafur Eliasson belongs to a younger generation of artists who in the nineties explored and expanded the boundaries between art, science and nature and the perception thereof. For years, the artist has transferred natural phenomena such as water, light, wind, temperature and movement into the art context using simple technical aids, always clearly emphasizing for the viewer the technology involved. In his sculptures, installations, and photographs, Eliasson´s artistic interest is focused on dialogic processes occurring between the viewer and his perception.
More Artwork by this Artist
Olafur Eliasson: Contact is Content at Seljalandsfoss, 2014, 2 x C – prints, edition of 100, each: 53 x 42 cm, handsigned on a label, dated, titled. Plus Artist Book in clamshell box with edition. With artist’s certificate. Price upon request.
About this Artwork
Two colour prints of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland make up the work Contact is content at Seljalandsfoss. The choice of the Seljalandsfoss in this edition reflects the recurring motif of waterfalls within the artist’s oeuvre, beginning with his photo-documentation of them in Iceland in 1996 – when this image of Seljalandsfoss was taken – expanding to his installations Waterfall and Reverse waterfall in 1998, and culminating in the four massive artificial waterfalls the artist erected in the East River in 2008 as part of The New York City Waterfalls.
The prints mirror each other. The artist suggests framing the two prints separately and hanging them one above the other, with the sources of the two waterfalls abutting. This creates an abstract, Rorschach-like composition of a waterfall spilling upwards as well as downwards, although which image is the ‘actual’, non-inverted depiction of Seljalandsfoss is indeterminable. In this visual ambiguity, surreality arises from an otherwise predictable image, which is subverted within a double uncertainty: if it is the inverted print that hangs normally, then the ‘real’ Seljalandsfoss falls up. The prints come in a specially produced case, together with a copy of the artist’s book Contact is content, in an edition of one hundred.
Olafur Eliasson: ‘Jökulsgilskvisl’, 2003, from the portfolio Double Exposure, two C-prints, mounted on Forex, size: 40 x 60 cm (15¾ x 23½ “) ea. Edition of 45, signed on both images. Price EUR 6.000,-
Olafur Eliasson: ‘Little Sun’. 2014. This high-quality solar-powered LED lamp, developed by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, captures the sunrays with its solar panel and offers 4 to 10 hours of light! It is more than just a useful artpiece, it is a social business focused on getting clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.2 billion people worldwide without access to electricity. This Little Sun Collectors Edition comes with its customized Louis Vuitton box, Louis Vuitton ribbon and signed and numbered COA. The Collectors Edition was released in collaboration with Fondation Louis Vuitton in 2014. Medium: sunshaped solar-powered LED lamp designed by Olafur Eliasson, customized LV box and ribbon.
Dimensions: 115 mm x 115 mm. Components: High quality LED lamp, 3 x AAA rechargeable batteries , high quality solar panel 0,5V, body made of U.V. Price upon request.
Olufar Eliasson Beauty Poster, 50 x 70 cm, 300 gsm fine art paper. Price upon request
Beauty, 1993 is an interactive work incorporating a spotlight, darkened room and a fine mist of water. From certain perspectives you can see a rainbow which shifts in intensity or disappears as the viewer approaches or moves away.
Olafur Eliasson The Glacier Series, 1999 poster. 50 x 70 cm, 300 gsm fine art paper. Price upon request
In The glacier series, the massive glaciers are seen from the sky, at a distance where we can appreciated their magnitude; in order to see them in their entirety, we need to get away from them. Their incremental movement is a phenomenon we understand by the virtue of scientific knowledge, not of what we can see with the naked eye.
Olafur Eliasson: ‘Sunset Door’, 2006, from Door Cycle, wooden door panel with color effect filter and light. Size: door 210 x 90 x 12 cm
(82¾ x 35½ x 4¾”), bucket 28 x 30 cm diam. (11 x 12″). Edition: 15, signed and numbered on separate label. Price upon request.
Olafur Eliasson: ‘Inverted Campfire Series’, 2006, Set of 15 x Photogravure on Hahnemühle handmade paper / Bütten 400 g/m², signed and numbered, edition of 18, various sizes (from 33,7 x 585 cm to 43,6 x 53,6 cm). Price upon request.