22 December 2019

Olafur Eliasson

I was immediately drawn to Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson's vibrant Colour Activity House outside the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa when we visited Japan last spring.  Despite his Tate exhibition opening in July, I only just got around to visiting it earlier this month, a few weeks before it closes - finally satisfying my curiosity to experience more of his art.  The varied exhibition includes over 30 works from the past thirty years spanning installations, sculptures, photographs and paintings, almost all of which haven't been seen in the UK before.

Olafur Eliasson In Real Life Tate Modern London exhibition - UK culture blog
Your uncertain shadow (colour) 2010

Eliasson's work explores colour theory, geometry, motion pattern and society, making you aware of your surroundings and how you interact with fellow gallery-goers.  There's an environmental focus too, drawing attention to nature and climate change: rain trickling down a window, rippling water, a wall of moss, and a series of Iceland's glaciers photographed in 1999 and again in 2019, dramatically smaller.

Visitors play with shadow projections and rainbow lighting (which you've no doubt seen all over Instagram), a giant kaleidoscope, a reflective metal tunnel, and a disorientating 39 metre corridor of dense fog.   It's interactive, fun yet thought-provoking, and great for all ages.  If you haven't been already, you have until 5 Jan!

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life on at the Tate Modern until Sunday 5 January 2020
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