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Olafur Eliasson: Little Sun / Venice Architecture Biennale 2012

At the Venice Architecture Biennial 2012, the artist Olafur Eliasson showed his “Little Sun” solar lamp, that is also part of an installation presented in the main exhibition “Common Ground”. For the installation, Olafur Eliasson attached two Little Sun lamps to a fan. When the fan is on, the individual lights create a continuous ring of light.

The Little Sun lamp is a work of art / product of LittleSun GmbH, a company founded by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen. LittleSun aims to make sustainable light available anywhere. In this video the Managing Director of LittleSun, Felix Hallwachs, tells us more about the little solar lamp.

Olafur Eliasson: Little Sun. Venice Architecture Biennale 2012: Common Ground. 13th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Venice (Italy), August 29, 2012.

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Olafur Eliasson: Your Body of Work / 17th International Contemporary Art Festival, Sao Paulo / Brazil

With its 17th edition, the International Electronic Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil in Sao Paulo, Brasil, has been renamed according to its broader scope. Now dubbed International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil the festival is now also open to installations, performances, artist books, photography and painting.

The 17th International Contemporary Art Festival also features an exhibition by Olafur Eliasson. A special guest to the Festival, artist Olafur Eliasson has his first South American exhibition at the event.

Olafur Eliasson: Your Body of Work / 17th International Contemporary Art Festival, Sao Paulo / Brazil. October 1-3, 2011. Video by Daniel Rubim.

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Olafur Eliasson: Innen Stadt Aussen / Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

Innen Stadt Aussen” is the first solo exhibition by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson in a Berlin institution. The exhibition’s central theme stems from Olafur Eliasson’s close relationship with Berlin, the city in which he has lived and worked for many years. It is also where he has set up his multi-faceted studio, combining the functions of research, production and teaching. Since 2009 Olafur Eliasson has held a chair at Berlin’s University of the Arts, where he heads the “Institute for Spatial Experiments“.


After numerous international surveys and projects among others in London, New York, Kanazawa and Sydney, this exhibition will profit from the fact that Berlin, as a site of constant change, is still open to experiments with architecture and urban structure. Through various new installations especially made for the exhibition the Martin-Gropius-Bau will develop an examination of Olafur Eliasson’s practice.


”Innen Stadt Aussen” concerns itself closely with the relationship between museum and city, architecture and landscape, as well as between space, body and time. The site-specific investigations within the museum are amplified and commented on through ephemeral projects in public space, thus linking the Martin-Gropius-Bau to various places within the city.

Olafur Eliasson: Innen Stadt Aussen / Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. Video by Christophe Ecoffet, July 30, 2010.

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Olafur Eliasson – Your mobile expectations: BMW H2R project / Bayerische Staatsgemldesammlungen und Die Neue Sammlung, Mnchen / Preview & Interviews

Currently, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich presents “Your mobile expectations: BMW H2R project” by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson (born 1967). Olafur Eliasson was commissioned by the car company BMW to design the 16th BMW Art Car. What sets Eliasson’s “car” apart from previous Art Cars is that it is not recognizable as a car anymore. Olafur Eliasson has removed the outer covering of the BMW H2R racing car and replaced it with a complex skin of metal spanning the body of the car. This shape is covered with ice.
In this video, Thomas Girst, Spokesperson Cultural Communications of BMW Group tells us about the history of the BMW Art Cars and the collaboration with Olafur Eliasson and the curators of the show, Dr. Corinna Rsner (Chief Curator of Die Neue Sammlung – State Museum of Applied Arts and Design) and Dr. Bernhard Schwenk (Chief Curator Contemporary Art, Pinakothek der Moderne) talk about Olafur Eliasson’s project, the collaboration between their houses and the relationship between art and design.
Olafur Eliasson – Your mobile expectations: BMW H2R project, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. Preview, May 27, 2008. The exhibition runs until 20th July 2008.
PS: A comprehensive survey of Olafur Eliasson’s work is currently on view at MoMA and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York (Olafur Eliasson: Take your time, runs until 30th June, 2008).
PPS: Recommended books: Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson, Studio Olafur Eliasson: An Encyclopedia (Extra Large Series), Your mobile expectations: BMW H2R project

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Art Machines Machine Art / Museum Tinguely / Basel, Switzerland / part 1/2

For the current exhibition entitled “Art Machines Machine Art”, the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland, turns into a production hall. “Art Machines Machine Art” presents Jean Tinguely’s drawing machines dating back to the 1950s followed by art machines down to the present day, created by Pawel Althamer (Extrusion Machine), Michael Beutler (Proper en Droog), Angela Bulloch, Olafur Eliasson (The endless study), Tue Greenfort (Mobile Trinkglaswerkstatt), Damien Hirst (Making beautiful drawings), Rebecca Horn, Jon Kessler (Desert), Tim Lewis (Auto-Dali Prosthetic), Lia, Miltos Manetas, Roxy Paine, Steven Pippin, Cornelia Sollfrank, Jean Tinguely, Antoine Zgraggen, Andreas Zybach (Sich selbst reproduzierender Sockel). All of these machines have a common feature: they produce their own art. Depending on the mechanical process involved, visitors may keep certain works such as drawings produced by Jean Tinguely’s Meta-Matics and certified stamped sheets produced by Damien Hirst’s or Olafur Eliasson’s machines.
Museum Tinguely, Basel / Switzerland, March 17, 2008.

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