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Olafur Eliasson

Kopenhagen 1967

Olafur Eliasson studied from 1989 to 1995 at the art academy of Copenhagen. Eliasson works in sculpture and photography, but he is best known for his installations. In these installations he often imitates natural processes, for example geysers, rainbows and elements of the weather, such as water, mist, light and temperature. Eliasson often combines the illusion of a natural process with the mechanism behind this process, for example by allowing viewers to see the equipment for creating mist or the engine that moves the water around. Eliasson attempts to expose the relationship between natural processes and man by showing these in an artistic context. The perception and the experience of the viewer play an important role. Since the middle of the 1990s, Eliasson's work has been exhibited throughout the world. In 2003, Eliasson represented Denmark at the Venice Biennial. Eliasson currently lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen.

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