Press Release

Olafur Eliasson: in real life

  • Dates: February 14 to April 4, 2021
  • Curators: Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator, International Art, Tate Modern, and Lucía Agirre, Curator, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
  • Sponsor: Iberdrola
  • Exhibition organized by the Tate Modern in conjunction with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The exhibition of around 30 works created between 1990 and 2020 challenges the way we navigate and perceive our environment, leading us to reflect on the urgent issues of today.

Central to Eliasson’s artistic practice are his concern with nature, inspired by time spent in Iceland; his research into geometry; and his ongoing investigations into how we perceive, feel about, and shape the world around us.

Eliasson’s practice extends beyond making artworks and exhibitions to include public interventions, architectural projects, and advocacy.

Outside the Museum, a waterfall more than eleven meters tall, constructed from scaffolding and pumps, draws viewers’ attention to this “constructed nature” in an urban setting.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Olafur Eliasson: In real life, a survey of the career of Olafur Eliasson (1967), one of today’s most prominent artists. Through around 30 works created between 1990 and 2020 – including sculptures, photographs, paintings, and installations – the exhibition challenges the way we navigate and perceive our environment, leading us to reflect on the urgent issues of today.

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