The upcoming Tate Modern retrospective, the most comprehensive of his career so far, will not only showcase the breadth of Eliasson's multi-disciplinary work, from his large-scale installations that recreate natural phenomena, to his small-scale poignant projects that reflect on pertinent and pressing environmental or social issues today, but also illuminate the scope of his Studio founded in 1995.
Based in Berlin and spanning four floors, the Olafur Eliasson Studio consists of about ninety people, from craftsmen and specialized technicians, to architects, archivists and art historians. The team work with Eliasson to install projects, curate exhibitions, launch marketing campaigns, host workshops to cultivate cultural exchange and almost everything else under the sun. There's even a sustainable kitchen that works in overdrive to feed his 90-strong workforce on a daily basis.
As anticipation mounts for the Tate Modern Olafur Eliasson retrospective next year, here's how to enjoy Olafur Eliasson now.
See the new Olafur Eliasson #IceWatchLondon installation, Tate Modern
Ice Watch, a new large-scale Eliasson ice sculpture, goes on public display outside of Tate Modern on 11 December 2018, to coincide with the meeting of world leaders at the COP24 climate change conference in Katowice, Poland. 24 blocks of ice will be arranged in a circular formation outside of Tate Modern; 6 further blocks of ice will be displayed in the heart of the city of London. Eliasson, who created Ice Watch in collaboration with geologist Minik Rosing, hopes the melting blocks of ice will trigger public discussion and action around the devastating consequences of global warming. Eliasson's first temporary sculpture in the capital builds on the artist's long standing engagement with environmental issues.
'It is clear that we have only a short period of time to limit the extreme effects of climate change,' said Olafur Eliasson. 'By enabling people to experience and actually touch the blocks of ice in this project, I hope we will connect people to their surroundings in a deeper way and inspire radical change. We must recognise that together we have the power to take individual actions and to push for systemic change. Let’s transform climate knowledge into climate action.'
Ice Watch will be on display until 21 December 2018
Go on a mini-break: Visit Vienna
See Eliasson's impressive work Yellow Fog – shown for the first time in New York in 1998 – now on permanent display in Vienna. Every day for one hour at sundown, the 48-meter-long facade of the Verbund-Gebäudes at the historic Am Hof square serves as artistic canvas. During this hour, the facade is illuminated by yellow light, cast from 32 fluroscent lamps, and subsumed in fog which is blasted every three minutes for a duration of 40 seconds. This breathtaking light installation transforms the historic building into a magical haze.
Buy Phaidon's new release: Olafur Eliasson: Experience (£65)
Flick through the most comprehensive survey of his work to date, conceived in close collaboration with the artist and his studio. The collation of interviews, short texts, and never-seen-before-imagery offers readers an unparalleled insight into his creative process. And just in time for Christmas...
|What||Olafur Eliasson, Tate Modern, 2019|
|Where||Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Southwark (underground)|
11 Jul 19 – 05 Jan 20, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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