Riverbed by Olafur Eliasson

Riverbed by Olafur Eliasson
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. [Humlebæk] Denmark 20.08.14 > 04.01.15
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Riverbed by Olafur Eliasson. Installation shot Riverbed, 2014. Photography © Anders Sune Berg. Courtesy of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk
Olafur Eliasson's take on Louisiana is radical, fascinating and unique. The central work is a huge, site- specific project that reverses the relation between nature and art. At the same time focus on local sensory experience in a global perspective. The transitions between inside and outside, culture and staged nature become fluid and transitory – and the progress of the visitor through the museum take centre stage.

Tomorrow, on 20 August 2014 Louisiana Museum of Modern Art opens its doors for the first solo exhibition of the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The main work in the exhibition, a giant landscape, will unfold throughout the South Wing of the museum in one great sweep as a major intervention in the museum’s usual administration of art in space, affording the viewer the opportunity to think about the aesthetic experience as more than just the encounter between the visitor and works on the floor or walls.

Although Olafur Eliasson’s stone landscape may look like a stress-test of Louisiana’s physical capacity, it is a manifestation of the fundamental idea of the museum: to subject itself to something that both challenges the expectations of everyday life and puts it into perspective. In this case the empty landscape can perhaps restore to us a time and space purged of information and meaning. We can breathe for a moment; no one expects anything special from us – we are in an agenda-free zone.

Olafur Eliasson's solo exhibition at Louisiana is site-specific and engages with the museum’s unique identity. The exhibition consists of three sections that each thematize the encounter between Eliasson’s art and Louisiana as a place. The central work, Riverbed (2014), ...read more


​Olafur Eliasson (Copenhagen, 1967) studied at the Royal Academy of the Arts in Copenhagen between 1989 and 1995. He represented Denmark in the 2003 Venice Biennale and has exhibited his work at numerous international museums. His work is part of private and public collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles and Ta...read more