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Exhibition Review – Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life at Tate Modern from 11 July 2019 to 5 January 2020

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Olafur Eliasson returns to Tate Modern following his Turbine Hall installation The weather project in 2003, for an exhibition of his career to date. The exhibition is the most comprehensive presentation of Eliasson’s work, and his first major survey in the UK.

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Olafur Eliasson work is well known for engaging the public with artworks which offer experiences that can be shared by visitors. Tate Modern has bought together over 40 works spanning the last three decades from early installations to new paintings and sculptures. The exhibition also examine Eliasson’s collaborations in a wide number fields such as sustainability, migration, education and architecture.

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Eliasson was influenced in his time in Iceland by natural phenomena such as water, light and mist and these have often been key themes in his work. On the terrace outside Tate Modern, visitors encounter Waterfall 2019, a new installation measuring over 11 metres in height.

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Works inside the exhibition include Moss wall 1994, a 20 metres wide wall entirely covered with Scandinavian reindeer moss.

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Beauty 1993, creates the natural phenomenon of a rainbow inside the exhibition

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and Din blinde passager (Your blind passenger) 2010 takes visitors on a disorienting journey through a 39-metre-long corridor full of dense fog.

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Eliasson throughout his career has created works that challenge accepted views of perception. Many of his installations play with light and shifting colours such as Your uncertain shadow (colour) 2010.

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Yellow mono-frequency lights are used within Room for one colour 1997 reduce viewers’ perception to shades of yellow and black.

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Kaleidoscopic sculptures include Your spiral view 2002 and the newly created Your planetary window 2019, create optical illusions that challenges visitors to see their environment in new ways.

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The exhibition explores the artist’s fascination with geometry with many works, such as Stardust particle 2014, Model room 2003, bringing together around 450 models, prototypes, and geometrical studies of various sizes that record Eliasson’s collaboration with his studio team and, Icelandic artist, mathematician and architect Einar Thorsteinn.

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The show concludes with The Expanded Studio, which explores Eliasson’s engagement with social and environmental issues. His projects have included Little Sun, which provides solar-powered lamps and chargers to communities without access to electricity. Green light – An artistic workshop, in which asylum seekers and refugees, together with members of the public, constructed Green light lamps and took part in accompanying educational programmes and Ice Watch, an installation of glacial ice from Greenland, recently staged outside Tate Modern which aims to increase awareness of the climate emergency.

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This fascinating and interactive exhibition provides the opportunity to enter the various worlds of Olafur Eliasson. The artist takes the visitor on a journey that often challenges our views of reality by distorting colour, light and perception. He also considers how art can be used in dealing with social and environmental issues by considering how we interact and understand our environment.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information and tickets, visit the Tate Modern website here

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