Olafur Eliasson In Real Life


It is stupid to say this but I highly recommend this exhibition in Tate Modern to everyone. There are over 40 works of art made between 1990 and today by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Born in 1967, Eliasson has been working on installations, sculptures, photography and paintings. His art comes from three particularly important subjects: his concern with nature, his research into geometry and his ongoing investigations into how we perceive, feel about and shape the world around us.



The Moss Wall 1994 is massive in the second room. But it is Beauty 1993 in the third room that really captures my attention for a while. Water showers down and swings in the air. Magic coloured lights project onto the surface of the water and turn it into a bunch of hair, woman’s dyed long hair.



Children and their parents walk into the shower and for one moment, London becomes nice and cool again this summer.



Din blinde passager (Your blind passenger) 2010 is 39 metres long and filled with fog. The fog is made from water-soluble fog fluid containing non-toxic polyols – a sweetener often used in food production. It brings the wonderful feeling when walking in the fog as people around me gradually disappear and reappear later, in other words based on my profession: fade in and fade out. Exactly!



Exit the fog room, a giant light shade is waiting ahead. It is the In Real Life 2019. Its colourfulness is strong, blended with the black colour of the frame to generate an unsettled discomfort. In contrast, outside the exhibition Stardust Particle 2014 is sweet and dreamy.



Stroll through Your Spiral View 2002, turn left and there is the one from the poster Your Uncertain Shadow (Colour) 2010. This is the place to take as many photos and videos as you want. This is the stage.



Now it’s almost done. The final interesting one is a question: How Do We Live Together? 2019.

And the answer is…




Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life

Tate Modern

Bankside, London SE1 9TG


11 Jul 2019 – 5 Jan 2020

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