Olafur Eliasson


Closing this week at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art is the first comprehensive survey in the United States of works by Olafur Eliasson entitled Take Your Time. Olafur Eliasson’s immersive environments, sculptures, and photographs elegantly recreate the extremes of landscape and atmosphere in his native Scandinavia.¬† Drawn from collections worldwide, the presentation spans over fifteen years of Eliasson’s career. His constructions, at once eccentric and highly geometric, use multicolored washes, focused projections of light, mirrors, and natural elements such as water, stone, and moss to shift the viewer’s perception of place and self, foregrounding the sensory experience of¬†each work. By transforming the gallery into a hybrid space of nature and culture, Eliasson prompts an intense engagement with the world and offers a fresh consideration of everyday life.


Olafur Eliasson’s creations evoke or incorporate atmospheric conditions and landscapes while foregrounding the viewer’s sensory experience of the works. Take your time: Olafur Eliasson was organized by the MCA’s Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn, when she was Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and is on view May 1 to September 13, 2009.

Take your time: Olafur Eliasson has been organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and an expanded version of the exhibition was previously on view in New York at MoMa and P.S.1.