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Olafur Eliasson In real life

Olafur Eliasson Your uncertain shadow (colour) 2010 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Vienna © Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson returns to Tate Modern with this unmissable exhibition

In Eliasson’s captivating installations you become aware of your senses, people around you and the world beyond.

Some artworks introduce natural phenomena such as rainbows to the gallery space. Others use reflections and shadows to play with the way we perceive and interact with the world. Many works result from the artist’s research into complex geometry, motion patterns, and his interest in colour theory. All but one of the works have never been seen in the UK before.

Within the exhibition will be an area which explores Eliasson’s deep engagement with society and the environment. Discover what an artist’s perspective can bring to issues of climate change, energy, migration as well as architecture. And once every other week you’ll be able to communicate with people from Eliasson’s 100-strong team in his Berlin studio via a live link.

The kitchen team at Studio Olafur Eliasson will also create a special menu and programme of related events for Tate Modern’s Terrace Bar, based on the organic, vegetarian and locally sourced food served in his Berlin studio.

The exhibition will continue with a spectacular sculpture outside Tate Modern.

Eliasson has a long relationship with Tate Modern. His glowing sun, The weather project, drew more than two million people to the Turbine Hall in 2003. More recently Ice Watch 2018 brought chunks of ice from Greenland to London. This exhibition will provide another unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

Exhibition has been organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Exhibition curated by Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator, International Art, Tate Modern with Emma Lewis,
Assistant Curator, International Art, Tate Modern

Photograph of Olafur Eliasson's artwork Your spiral view 2002

Olafur Eliasson Your spiral view 2002 Installation view at Foundation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland, 2002 © Olafur Eliason Photo: Jens Ziehe Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany

a woman stands in an orange mist

Olafur Eliasson Den blinde passager / fog walk 2010 Courtesy the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York © Olafur Eliasson Photo: Thilo Frank

Photograph of Olafur Eliasson's artwork Beauty, 1993

Olafur Eliasson Beauty 1993 Courtesy the artist © Olafur Eliasson

Photograph of Olfaur Eliasson's artwork Moss wall, 1994

Olfaur Eliasson Moss wall 1994 Courtesy the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York © Olafur Eliasson

Photograph of Olafur Eliasson's artwork Big Bang Fountain, 2014

Olafur Eliasson Big Bang Fountain 2014 Courtesy the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York © Olafur Eliasson

Photograph of Olafur Eliasson's artwork Stardust particle, 2014

Olafur Eliasson Stardust particle 2014 Tate Presented by the artist in honour of Sir Nicholas Serota 2018 © Olafur Eliasson

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London SE1 9TG
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11 July 2019 – 5 January 2020

Advance booking recommended


£18 / FREE for Members

Concession £17

Family child 12–18 years £5

Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)

16–25? Join Tate Collective for £5 tickets

See the exhibition for just £10 during Uniqlo Tate Lates. (Offer valid on visits from 18.00 during Uniqlo Tate Lates only.)

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