Following his world-renowned Turbine Hall installation The Weather Project in 2003, Olafur Eliasson returns to Tate Modern for the first major survey of his work in the UK.
Driven by his interests in perception, movement, and the interaction of people and their environments, Eliasson creates works which offer experiences that can be shared by visitors of all ages. Tate Modern will bring together over 30 pieces spanning the last three decades – from celebrated early installations like Beauty (1993), to new paintings and sculptures.
For the first time, the exhibition will also examine Eliasson’s wider collaborations in fields as diverse as sustainability, migration, education and architecture, allowing viewers to explore how these projects extend his artistic practice.
Each installation, or group of works, will encompass a key theme explored within Eliasson’s career. This will include his early investigations into space, motion and natural phenomena – as explored in Moss wall (1994), featuring lichen native to Eliasson’s homeland Iceland – to extensive experiments with light, colour, geometry, perception and participation that characterise his work today – such as Stardust particle (2016). Viewers will also get behind-the-scenes insight into how Studio Olafur Eliasson works day to day and will be able to engage in collaborative making activities.
Not confined to the gallery walls, Eliasson’s work will extend onto the terrace outside Tate Modern, while further installations such as Room for one colour (1997) will animate the concourse outside the galleries.