Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Eliasson strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world.
Eliasson’s diverse works – in sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installations – have been exhibited widely throughout the world. Not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery, his practice engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects and interventions in civic space.

Eliasson was born in 1967. He grew up in Iceland and Denmark and studied, from 1989 to 1995, at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1995, he moved to Berlin and founded Studio Olafur Eliasson, which today encompasses some seventy-five craftsmen, specialised technicians, architects, archivists, administrators, programmers, art historians, and cooks. Since the mid-1990s, Eliasson has realised numerous major exhibitions and projects around the world. In 2003, Eliasson represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale, with The blind pavilion, and, later that year, he installed The weather project at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, London.

Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, a survey exhibition organised by SFMOMA in 2007, travelled until 2010 to various venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Innen Stadt Aussen (Inner City Out), at Martin-Gropius-Bau in 2010, involved interventions across Berlin as well as in the museum. Similarly, in 2011, Seu corpo da obra (Your body of work) engaged with three institutions around São Paulo – SESC Pompeia, SESC Belenzinho, and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo – and spread out into the city itself.

Eliasson’s projects in public space include Green river, carried out in various cities between 1998 and 2001, and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, designed together with Kjetil Thorsen. The New York City Waterfalls, commissioned by Public Art Fund, were installed on Manhattan and Brooklyn shorelines during summer 2008. Your rainbow panorama, a 150-metre circular, coloured-glass walkway situated on top of ARoS Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, opened in 2011, and Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, for which Eliasson created the facades in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects was completed that same year.

As a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, Eliasson led the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments; 2009–14), a five-year experimental programme in arts education located in the same building as his studio (www.raumexperimente.net). In 2012, Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen founded Little Sun. The social business and global project provides clean, affordable light to communities without access to electricity; encourages sustainable development through sales of the Little Sun solar-powered lamp, designed by Eliasson and Ottesen; and raises global awareness of the need for equal access to energy and light (www.littlesun.com).

Olafur Eliasson
Copenhagen, 1967

Current Exhibitions

28 Aug — 28 Oct
Bringing 3 more new virtual reality collaborations, Samsung & Punchdrunk International’s sensory VR experience “Believe Your Eyes”, the immersive virtual reality experience “It Will End in Stars” combined...
11 Jul — 05 Jan
Organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, “In Real Life” explores Eliasson’s deep engagement with society and the environment. Through installations evoking natural...

Past Exhibitions

Phi Immersive: Theatre of Virtuality

Ca’ Rezzonico Gallery 22/07/2019 — 15/08/2019

The Street. Where the World is Made

Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo – MAXXI
07/12/2018 — 28/04/2019

New Exhibitions at the Margulies Collection 2018

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
23/10/2018 — 27/04/2019

Collection David H. Brolliet, Geneva

Fondation Fernet-Branca
27/05/2018 — 30/09/2018

Olafur Eliasson: Una mirada a lo que vendrá

Galería Elvira González
13/02/2018 — 14/04/2018

Solo Shows


Objets définis par l’activité, Espace Muraille, Genève, Switzerland
Una mirada a lo que vendrá (A view of things to come), Galería Elvira González, Madrid, Spain
Reality Projector, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
The unspeakable openness of things, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China
Olafur Eliasson: WASSERfarben (WATERcolours) , Graphische Sammlung – Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

Olafur Eliasson, Fischli/Weiß, Art Project Ibiza & Lune Rouge, Ibiza, Spain
Olafur Eliasson: Pentagonal landscapes, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finnland
Olafur Eliasson: Green light – An artistic workshop, The Moody Center of the Arts, Houston, Texas, USA,
Olafur Eliasson: The listening dimension, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, Olafur Eliasson: Models for coexistence, PKM Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Olafur Eliasson: Multiple shadow house, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
Olafur Eliasson: Recalibrating the senses in Oudenburg, Foundation ‘De 11 Lijnen’, Oudenburg, Belgium

Olafur Eliasson: Green light – An artistic workshop, TBA21–Augarten, Vienna, Austria
Olafur Eliasson: Nothingness is not nothing at all, Long Museum, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China
Olafur Eliasson Versailles, Palace of Versailles, France
Olafur Eliasson: Notion motion, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Olafur Eliasson: The parliament of possibilities, LEEUM, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Olafur Eliasson, Self-loop, I Art House, Inujima Art House Project, Japan
The presence of absence, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany

Space minding, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
Time-sensitive activity, Modern Art Museum, Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
We have never been disembodied, Mirrored Gardens, Hualong Agriculture Grand View Garden, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China
Olafur Eliasson: Works from the Boros Collection 1994 – 2015, Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
Tree of Codes, Manchester International Festival, Manchester, UKravelled to Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY, USA
Olafur Eliasson: Verklighetsmaskiner, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden Olafur Eliasson: The collectivity project, The Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA
Olafur Eliasson: BAROQUE BAROQUE, The Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy, Vienna, Austria

Olafur Eliasson: Your successful uncertainty, Galería Elvira González, Madrid, Olafur Eliasson: Dein Ausstellungsguide, K20 Grabbeplatz, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
The Cubic Structural Evolution Project, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
Olafur Eliasson: Riverbed, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
Olafur Eliasson: Turner colour experiments, Tate Britain, London, UK
Olafur Eliasson: Your trust, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany
Olafur Eliasson: Contact, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

Olafur Eliasson: Your orbit perspective, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil,  Olafur Eliasson: Your orbit perspective, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil, Olafur Eliasson: Den trekantede himmel (The triangular sky), Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark
Olafur Eliasson: Tiltrú, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
Olafur Eliasson: Sua fogueira cósmica (Your cosmic campfire), Lentos Art Museum, Linz, Austria
Olafur Eliasson, Marie-Christine Gennart, Brussels, Belgium
Olafur Eliasson: Eine Feier, elf Räume und ein gelber Korridor, Mönchehaus Museum Goslar, Germany

Group Shows

Dizziness. Navigating the Unknown, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria, Colori, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea & Castallo di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy
Treasures of a Nation. Selected Works from the Collection, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
2019. Variable Dimensions. Artist and Architecture, MAAT, Lisboa, Portugal
Auto Vision: Media Art from Nam June Paik to Pipilotti Rist, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany
SUR/FACE, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan

Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2016: Garden in Movement, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
Wir suchen das Weite – Reisebilder von Albrecht Dürer bis Olafur Eliasson, Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany
Presently, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany
Another Minimalism: Art after California Light and Space, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK
Art Alive, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
The Power of the Avant-Garde: Now and Then, BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Indentations, Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Editions, Berlin, Germany
Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art and Everything, QaGoma, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Copenhagen Country of birth: Denmark Date of birth: 1967 Lives in: Copenhagen, Denmark and Berlin, Germany
Studio: Christinenstraße 18/19
 Haus 2

10119, Berlin, Germany
W: Olafur Eliasson M: studio@olafureliasson.net