Olafur Eliasson: In real life presents a survey of the career of Olafur Eliasson (1967), one of today's most prominent artists. Through around 30 works created between 1990 and 2020 – including sculptures, photographs, paintings, and installations – the exhibition challenges the way we navigate and perceive our environment, leading us to reflect on the urgent issues of today.
Eliasson's art grows from an interest in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self-consciousness. Central to his artistic practice are his concern with nature; his research into geometry; and his ongoing investigations into how we perceive, feel about, and shape the world around us. His practice extends beyond making artworks, exhibitions, and public interventions to include architectural projects. Convinced that art can have a strong impact on the world outside the museum, Eliasson has created solar lamps for off-grid communities, conceived artistic workshops for asylum seekers and refugees,created art installations to raise awareness of the climate emergency.
"Art," Eliasson says, "is not the object but what the object does to the world."
OLAFUR ELIASSON. IN REAL LIFE
1 JUNE THROUGH AUTUMN 2020
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO | BILBAO, SPAIN