Olafur Eliasson

Year of birth, place
1967, Copenhagen, Denmark
Role at the ZKM
in the collection

Royal Academy of Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark


Awards (selected)


Nomination for »The Art Prize of the Boettcherstraße in Bremen«, 1997, Germany

1998»The Edstrand Foundation Art Prize 1998«, Sweden

Nomination for »The Prize of the National Gallery for Young Art«, 2000, Berlin, Germany

Solo Exhibitions (selected)
1994»Some People Remember Walking That Night«, Lukas & Hoffmann, Cologne, Germany
 »No Days in Winter, No Nights in Summer«, Forumgallereit, Malmö, Sweden
1995»A Description of A Reflection, or a Pleasant Exercise Regarding Its Qualities«, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany; Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart, Germany
 »Thoka«, Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany
1996»Your foresight endured«, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milano, Italy
 »Tell me about a miraculous invention«, Galeri Andreas Brändström, Stockholm, Sweden; Kunstmuseet, Malmö, Sweden
1997»The curious garden«, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Stalke Out of Space, Copenhagen, Denmark
 »Sonnenfenster«, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
1998Museum for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany
 neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany
 »Tell Me about a Miraculous Invention«, Århus Kunstmuseum, Århus, Denmark
 »Photoworks«, Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden
 »Aquarium«, Galerie Enja Wonnenberger, Kiel, Germany; Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, New York, USA; Kjarvalstadir Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland [catalogue]; Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland
1999»Your position surrounded and your surroundings positioned«, Dundee Contemporary Art, Dundee, Scotland; De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; [with Job Koelewijn]; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt| M., Germany; Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany; Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, USA; Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy; Galleri Ingólfsstraeti, Reykjavík, Iceland
2000»Surroundings Surrounded«, Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Austria [catalogue]
 »The only thing we have in common is that we are different«, CCA, Kitakyushu, Japan
 »The Curious Garden«, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
 »Your intuitive surroundings versus your surrounded intuition«, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA; Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany; IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden
2001»Project for Garden Hall«, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
 »Surroundings Surrounded«, ZKM_Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany [catalogue]
 »Your only real thing is time«, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA [catalogue]
 »The mediated motion«, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria [catalogue]
Group Exhibitions (selected)
1989»Ventilator Projects«, Charlottenborg Konsthall, Copenhagen, Denmark
1991»Young Scandinavian Art«, Stalke Out of Space, Copenhagen, Denmark
1995»Landschaft«, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
 »Campo 95«, Venice, Italy; Torino, Italy, Malmö, Sweden, 1996; Curated by Francesco Bonami
1996»Manifesta 1«, Rotterdam, The Netherlands [catalogue]
 »Prospect 96«, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt| M., Germany [catalogue]
 »Remote Connections, Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Austria; Artfocus, Tel Aviv, Israel
 »Views of Icelandic Nature«, Kjarvalsstadir Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
 »The Scream, Nordic Fine Arts 1995-96«, Arken Museum, Ishøj, Denmark
1997»Heaven«, P. S. 1, New York, USA
 »5th International Istanbul Biennial«, Istanbul, Turkey
 »Trade Routes«, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa
 »Truce«, Site-Sante Fe, Santa Fe, USA
 »New Scandinavian Art«, Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk, Denmark
 »3rd Symposium on Visual Arts«, LANDART, Amos, Canada
 »Platser«, Public Space Projects, Stockholm, Sweden; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
1998»Auf der Spur«, Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
 »The 7th Triennial of Contemporary Art«, Cool Places, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
 »New Photography 14«, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
 »The Edstrand Foundation Art Prize 1998«, Rooseum, Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden
 »XXIV Bienal de Sao Paulo«, Sao Paulo, Brazil
 »Sydney Biennial«, Sydney, Australia
 »Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark«, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
 »Brytningstider«, Norrkopings Konstmuseum, Norrkoping, Sweden
 »Pakkus: Momentum«, Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway; Villa Medici, Academie de France de Rome, Rome, Italy
 »Do All Oceans Have Walls?«, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany
 »Mai ‘98«, Kunsthalle Köln, Cologne, Germany
 »Nuit blanche, La jeune scène nordique«, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
 »Interferencias«, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Madrid, Spain
 »Seamless«, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands [catalogue]
 »Sightings: New Photographic Art«, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK
1999La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
 »Photography: An Expanded View, Recent Acquisitions«, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
 »Landscape: Outside the Frame«, MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge, USA
 »Gegenwartskunst in Deutschland«, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
 »Sommerens mørke og lyse nætter«, Århus Kunstbygning, Århus, Denmark
2000»Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst«, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
 »Raumkörper«, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
 »Vision and Reality«, Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk, Denmark
 »Over the edges«, SMAK, Gent, Belgium
 »The Greenhouse Effect«, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
 »Under the same sky«, Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
2001»Black Box«, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
 »Freestyle - Werke aus der Sammlung Boros«, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Bibliography (selected)
1996Christiane Schneider, "Olafur Eliasson", in: »Frieze«, January/February 1996, p. 77; Francesco Bonami, "Olafur Eliasson", in: »Flash Art«, May|June 1996, p. 105.
1997Jonathan Crary, "Visionary Events", in: »the curious garden«, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland, pp. 43-49; Roxana Marcoci & Diana Murphy, Eve Sinaiko, eds., »New Art«, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1997, p. 51; Charles Dee Mitchell, "Reports From Santa Fe: New Narratives", in: »Art in America«, November 1997, pp. 43-47.
1998Francesco Bonami, "Olafur Eliasson", in: »Cream: Contemporary Art in Culture«, London, Phaidon, 1998, pp. 104-107; Simon Grant, "Olafur Eliasson", in: »Every Day, Catalogue for the 11th Biennale of Sydney«, pp. 90-91; Christian Haye, "The Iceman Cometh", in: »Frieze, May 1998«, pp. 62-65; Gregory Volk, "On the Edge. Olafur Eliasson: Fire and Iceland", in: »Artnews«, April 1998, p. 200; Daniel Birnbaum, "Openings: Olafur Eliasson", in: »Artforum«, April 1998, pp. 106-107.
Jan Winkelmann, "Project: Olafur Eliasson", in: »Art + Text«, February/April 1998, pp. 44-49; Olafur Eliasson & Barbara Steiner, "Gegen die Zeit gehen", in: »Kunst Bulletin«, January/February 1998, pp. 10-17.
1999Michael Brenson & Madeleine Grynsztejn, "Fact and Fiction", in: »Artforum«, September 1999, pp. 67-70; David Birnbaum & Peter Nilsson, Like Virginity, »Once Lost: Five Views on Nordic Art Now«, 1999, p. 74; Edward Leffingwell, "Report From Sao Paulo: Cannibals All", in: »Art in America«, May 1999, pp. 48-55.
2000Barbara Hess, "Nase im Wind", in: »Texte zur Kunst«, 39, September 2000, pp. 189-196; »Your position surrounded and your surroundings positioned«, Exhibition catalogue, Dundee Contemporary Art, Dundee, UK; Ralf Christofori, "The Vitality of Non-Orthogonal Abstraction", in: »Raumkörper«, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Andreas Spiegl, "Olafur Eliasson, Non-Trueness as the Nature of Theatre", in: »Afterall«, 2, 2000, pp. 99-106; Maren Lübbke, "Olafur Eliasson: Surroundings Surrounded", in: »Camera Austria«, 71, 2000, p. 61; Markus Wailand, "Olafur Eliasson, Neue Galerie Graz", in: »Frieze«, pp. 127-128; Rochelle Steiner, "Wonderland", in: »Wonderland«, St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, USA.
2001»Olafur Eliasson: Surroundings Surrounded. Essays on Space and Science«, edited by Peter Weibel, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria and ZKM⎥Karlsuhe, Germany; »my now is your surroundings – process as object. Olafur Eliasson«, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, Germany; »Your only real thing is time«, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA [with texts by Jill Medvedow Plaut, Lars Lerup, Jessica Morgan].