Between Physics and Lyrics. Olafur Eliasson’s Exhibition Opened in Bilbao

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Art is not only a way of self-expression, but it is also a way of self-perception. Olafur Eliasson works on the border, which runs between the conditional lyrics and conditional physics.

Olafur Eliasson is an artist whose name is well known to millions of enthusiastic viewers. He is a master of large-scale installations, amazing attractions, and spectacles that cannot be forgotten.

His works are based on a plan that can be expressed in three words – In Real Life. This is the essence that he began to think through, and then create back in the 90s. This is not so much a series of works, but several cycles of them. They show both the evolution of the attitude of the author and the evolution of the attitude of those who come to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

His art is a reality that you can touch, see, and sometimes even smell. Eliasson insists that understanding of the author is being born from the interaction between a work of art and a viewer.

Olafur Eliasson is a man with a European biography. He was born in 1967 in Copenhagen, spent his childhood in Iceland in the homeland of his parents. In 1995 he graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Denmark, and in the same year, he opened Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin.

In 1993, he created one of his first works, Le Travail de Beauty, which was a garden hose punched in several places from which water flowed. The object was lit in such a way that from certain points, the viewer could see a rainbow. Eliasson’s characteristic style was expressed in this early work. He chose the path at the junction of nature and technology, design, and science.

In 2003, in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, Eliasson presented The Weather Project installation.

Between Physics and Lyrics. Olafur Eliasson's Exhibition Opened in Bilbao
The Water Project in Tate Modern, London, 2003

In 2007, he designed the temporary pavilion Serpentine Galleries in London, and in 2015 created the unusual Cirkelbroen Bridge in Copenhagen.

Between Physics and Lyrics. Olafur Eliasson's Exhibition Opened in Bilbao
Cirkelbroen Bridge in Copenhagen.

In the summer of 2008, he mounted artificial waterfalls in the New York Harbor as part of the New York City Waterfalls project.

In 2014, for the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the cult building, built by Frank Gehry, he arranged Grotto space. The projects of Olafur Eliasson are always spectacular and ambitious.

He is interested in both space and surface, structure and deformation, light and nuances of lighting, natural and climatic phenomena – fog, water, air, ice, as well as color and our perception of it. In 2007, he designed the temporary pavilion Serpentine Galleries in London, and in 2015 created the unusual Cirkelbroen Bridge in Copenhagen.

Olafur Eliasson’s exposition at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao has become the author’s largest retrospective over the past decade. It will work until the end of April next year.

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