This Saturday, join us for MOCA’s Virtual Studio Visits series led by MOCA Director Klaus Biesenbach as he globe-trots and digitally connects with artists around the world for studio visits. This week features Olafur Elias from his Copenhagen studio in Denmark. This talk was pre-recorded on May 23, 2020 and is now available on MOCA’s YouTube channel.
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About the artist:
The works of artist Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967, Copenhagen, Denmark), explores the relevance of art in the world at large. Since 1997, his wide-ranging solo shows–featuring installations, paintings, sculptures, photography, and film–have appeared in major museums around the globe. He represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed the hugely popular The Weather Project in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London, which was seen by more than two million people. In 2014, Contact was the opening exhibition of Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. Green Light, an artistic workshop, created in 2016 in collaboration with TBA21 (Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary), offered a response to the challenges of mass displacement and migration. In 2019, In real life, a wide-ranging survey exhibition of Eliasson’s artistic practice over the past twenty-five years, opened at Tate Modern, in London.
Eliasson’s projects in public space include The New York City Waterfalls in 2008; Ice Watch, in Copenhagen in 2014, Paris in 2015, and London in 2018; and a series of interventions for the palace and gardens of Versailles in 2016. Notable architectural works are the facades for Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre (2011), created in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects; Cirkelbroen (The circle bridge, 2015), in Copenhagen; and Fjordenhus, the headquarters of Kirk Kapital in Vejle, Denmark (completed 2018).
Since 2012, Little Sun, the social business founded by Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, has produced and distributed solar lamps and chargers for use in off-grid communities, and has worked to spread awareness about the need to expand access to clean, sustainable energy to all. In 2019 Eliasson was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for renewable energy and climate action by the United Nations Development Program.
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