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Olafur Eliasson ::

Surroundings Surrounded

Opening :: May 30 th 2001
Exhibition :: May 31st - August 26th 2001
Atria:: 8 + 9

*_What does it mean when there is an artificial rainbow exhibited in a museum ? When teenagers are ice-skating on an artificial ice rink ? When thundering masses of water create an artificial waterfall in the museum ? Is the museum a site of spectacles of nature, an expedition to the wilderness? Does science serve as entertainment ? Does art provide new sensuous experiences in the age of science ? ][

The Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, born in 1967, has dedicated his installations to human perception and physical laws and to the conditions of nature. In his work he questions manís idea of nature and the technical aids and devices we use in order to perceive and measure nature. In the course of history one can observe how different models of perception and of relating to space replaced and necessitated one another, parallel with social, ideological, technical and other changes. In all given physical structures there are relationships in the form of socialisation potentials.

With this solo exhibition, the ZKM presents the comprehensive work of Eliasson, who participated in the Biennial of Venice in 1999 and whose oeuvre has been shown internationally in the recent years, with a selection of over 40 works - many of which having been created especially for this event.

Fotocredit Panel:
Titel: The very large Ice_Floor 1998 courtesy: neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, N.Y.

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