Olafur Eliasson opens largest exhibition to date in Italy


Nel Tuo Tempo (In your time), Olafur Eliasson’s largest exhibition in Italy to date, opened to the public today in Florence, unveiling a major new site-specific courtyard installation that uses the moiré effect to create a unique visual experience for each visitor.

Olafur Eliasson Room for One Color, 1997 Monofrequency lamps Dimensions variable © 1997 Olafur Eliasson Angsuvarnsiri Collection Installation view: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, 2009 Photo: Studio Olafur Eliasson Photo: Anders Sune Berg
Olafur Eliasson Room for One Color, 1997 Monofrequency lamps Dimensions variable © 1997 Olafur Eliasson Angsuvarnsiri Collection Installation view: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, 2009 Photo: Studio Olafur Eliasson Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Nel tuo tempo is a meeting of artworks, visitors and the Palazzo Strozzi itself. This extraordinary Renaissance building has traveled through the centuries to welcome us here, now in the 21st century, not only as a host for art but as a co-producer of the exhibition to greet. But not only the Palazzo Strozzi has traveled through time. As a visitor you have also traveled – each spirit-body different from the others. On individual journeys – with different backgrounds and experiences, we meet in the here and now of the exhibition.

Olaf Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson Eye see you, 2006 stainless steel, aluminium, color effect filter glass, mono-frequency light ø 120 cm, 230 x 120 x 110 cm AP I Courtesy of the artist;  Neugerriemschneider, Berlin;  Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles Photo: Christian Uchtmann / Studio Olafur Eliasson Client: Louis Vuitton Malletier © 2006 Olafur Eliasson
Olafur Eliasson Eye see you, 2006 stainless steel, aluminium, color effect filter glass, mono-frequency light ø 120 cm, 230 x 120 x 110 cm AP I Courtesy of the artist; Neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles Photo: Christian Uchtmann / Studio Olafur Eliasson Client: Louis Vuitton Malletier © 2006 Olafur Eliasson

Featuring a series of new, site-specific works, the exhibition embraces the Renaissance architecture of Palazzo Strozzi by creating a powerful series of intangible artworks that engage with subjective perception and shared experience. The exhibition brings together new and older works that feature light, shadow, reflections, patterns and intense colors, and includes new digital artworks created with VR technology, presented to the public for the first time at Palazzo Strozzi.

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Olafur Eliasson, Under the Weather, 2022, photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio, and the artist;  Neugerriemschneider, Berlin;  Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, © 2022 Olafur Eliasson
Olafur Eliasson, Under the Weather, 2022, photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio, and the artist; Neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, © 2022 Olafur Eliasson

The exhibition, curated by Arturo Galansino, is the result of the artist’s direct interaction with the spaces of Palazzo Strozzi, whose historical and symbolic architecture he rethinks with installations built around the visitor, who becomes an integral part of the work of art. Taking inspiration from the history of Palazzo Strozzi as a center for the study of humanism (a philosophy situated at the intersection of art and science), Eliasson has created a path through each space combining new installations and some historical works, the perceptions undermine and break the space and encourage the visitor to see the building from a new perspective.

Nel tuo tempo (In your time) moves beyond the boundaries and physical boundaries of a space, questioning the distinction between reality, perception and representation.

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Olafur Eliasson Firefly double polyhedron sphere experiment, 2020 stainless steel, color effect filter glass (green, orange, yellow, cyan, pink), glass mirror, LED light, motor, color (black) ø 170 cm © 2020 Olafur Eliasson Courtesy of the artist;  Neugerriemschneider, Berlin;  Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles Photo: Jens Ziehe © 2020 Olafur Eliasson
Olafur Eliasson Firefly double polyhedron sphere experiment, 2020 stainless steel, color effect filter glass (green, orange, yellow, cyan, pink), glass mirror, LED light, motor, color (black) ø 170 cm © 2020 Olafur Eliasson Courtesy of the artist; Neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles Photo: Jens Ziehe © 2020 Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson: Nel tuo tempo, Firenze, Palazzo Strozzi, September 22, 2022-22. January 2023

About the artist

The Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) works with sculpture, painting, photography, film,
Installation and digital media. His art is driven by his interest in perception, movement and embodiment
experiences, feelings of self and community. His practice is not limited to the confines of museums and galleries, but engages the public through architectural projects, public space interventions, art education, policy making and climate protection.

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Since 1997 his extensive solo exhibitions can be seen in major museums around the world. He represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The Weather Project, a giant fog-shrouded artificial sun, in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London, which was seen by more than two million people. In 2014, Contact was the inaugural exhibition of the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris. Verklighetsmaskiner (Reality Machines) at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 2015 became the most visited exhibition by a living artist in the museum. In 2016, Eliasson created a series of interventions for the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and organized two major exhibitions: Nothing Is Not Nothing at All at Long Museum, Shanghai and The Parliament of Possibilities at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul. Eliasson’s site-specific installation Reality Projector opened at the Marciano Foundation, Los Angeles, in March 2018, the same month as The Unspeakable Openness of Things, his solo show at the Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing.

In 2019, In ​​real life, a comprehensive survey exhibition of Eliasson’s artistic practice over the past 25 years
years, opened at the Tate Modern in London before traveling to the Guggenheim Bilbao in 2020. Olafur
Eliasson: Symbioticseeing opened at Kunsthaus Zurich in January 2020, and sometimes the flow is the
bridge was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo from April to September 2020
Exhibition Life, 2021 Eliasson removed the glass facade of the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland,
and channeled the light green water of the existing pond into the galleries of the museum along with a variety of aquatic plants and the occasional duck or spider.

Studio Olafur Eliasson, based in Berlin, consists of a large team of craftsmen, architects, archivists,
Researchers, administrators, chefs, art historians and specialized technicians.

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