Olafur Eliasson, Expanding Environments in Aesthetica Magazine

A river runs through it: Olafur Eliasson’s immersive installation, Riverbed, took over the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, for the museum’s first solo exhibition of his impressive oeuvre in 2014. In Issue 61, Aesthetica explored the recent survey of the artist’s experimental practice.

Those who visited Tate Modern in 2003 may not remember the name of the artist, but all remember the work: the huge, glowing fake sun rising in a mist within the concrete 150-foot Turbine Hall. Entitled The Weather Project, this is perhaps Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s (b. 1967) most popular museum show and, within the UK, the most well-known of his works. Eliasson is set to change this with his current solo exhibition at Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk. Riverbed, the main work for the exhibition, was specifically conceived of and created for Louisiana. Situated in the south wing of the museum, Eliasson re-creates a rocky riverbed, replete with running water, which the viewer can move on and through. Riverbed, like The Weather Project, places the viewer in an environment made unrecognisable through the recreation of natural phenomena inside a man-made structure. Presented alongside a selection of other pieces, including the ever-evolving Model Room (2003), this is the museum’s first solo show of Eliasson’s work.