Basel’s Fondation Beyeler hosts the first site-specific installation in Switzerland by world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson
Basel’s Fondation Beyeler hosts the first site-specific installation in Switzerland by world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson. “Life” is in continuous transformation, there is no clear beginning and end. Instead the construction and deconstruction of “Life” are integral parts of the artwork and can be observed by visitors from the park surrounding the Fondation Beyeler..⠀
For Life, Eliasson has removed a broad section of the Fondation Beyeler’s windows. This act, which the artist describes as ‘caring’, opens up the museum to its surroundings, to the plants and animals of the public park, to the urban landscape, to the changing weather, and to the fluctuations in light and darkness.
Institution, visitors, and other life forms are thrown together in a space of coexistence. Life blurs the separation between outside and inside, museum and artwork – an effect that extends to Eliasson’s wish to keep the gallery open day and night