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Notion motion

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  • Yaohua Su asked

    water in museum setting would be critical for art objects, how do you prevent and balance?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Su, Thanks for your question. This installation was made especially for the Bodon wing in the museum building. It takes the whole space and when it is on, there are no other artworks shown there. Moreover our technical staff and the Eliasson team do everything possible to prevent any leakage.
    Kind regards, Els


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Light and water, and especially their interaction, is the main theme of the installation that Olafur Eliasson made specially for the large upper rooms of Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum. The work consists of three pools of water, three 6000 watt lamps and a simple mechanism to set the water in motion. Natural processes often assume a prominent role in Eliasson's work. One example is the Weather Project in the Tate Museum in London, where the sun is imitated on a gigantic scale.
Observing and experiencing play an important role in these major works by the Icelandic artist. Eliasson exposes the operation, the mechanism, of the installation, so that the visitor does not experience the work passively but actually participates in it. In this way, Eliasson tries to activate the visitor's awareness.

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Title Notion motion
Material and technique Wood, rubber, lamps, water
Object type
Installation > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 1034 cm
Height 3240 cm
Artists Designer: Olafur Eliasson
Accession number BEK 1742 a-b (MK)
Credits Gift Han Nefkens H+F Mecenaat, 2005
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 2005
Creation date in 2005
Collector Collector / Han Nefkens

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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...

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