Olafur Eliasson 'Your successful uncertainty'
Galería Elvira González is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition of the Danish-
Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, opening February 21st. The exhibition Your successful
uncertainty collects a variety of recent and new works in which the artist explores human
perception. The artworks – including optical devices, light installations, a hanging compass,
and a photo series – encourage the viewer to engage critically with the subjectivity of
reflection and its possible distortions.
Olafur Eliasson (born 1967) studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen from 1989
to 1995. In 1995, he founded Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, which today has a team of
about seventy people, including craftsmen, architects, and art historians. His work, which he
describes as “experimental setups”, includes photography, sculpture, drawing and film, as
well as major projects in public space. In Sanford Kwinter’s words: “The project of Olafur Eliasson has been to subject spatial and aesthetic practice to the rigors of both knowledge
and invention, and at one and the same time.”
Eliasson represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year
installed The weather project at Tate Modern, London. Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, a
survey exhibition organised by SFMOMA in 2007, travelled until 2010 to various venues,
including the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
As professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Eliasson founded the Institut für
Raumexperimente (Institute of Space Experiments) in 2009, an innovative model of arts
education. In 2012, he launched Little Sun, a solar-powered lamp developed together with
the engineer Frederik Ottesen to improve the lives of the approximately 1.6 billion people
worldwide without access to electricity. Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre,
for which he created the façade in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects, was
awarded the Mies van der Rohe Award 2013.