Conceived specifically for Fondation Louis Vuitton, the artworks in Olafur Eliasson: Contact appear as a sequence of events along a journey. Moving through passageways and expansive installations, visitors become part of a choreography of darkness, light, geometry, and reflections.
Along the way, optical devices, models, and a meteorite reflect Eliasson’s on-going investigations into the mechanisms of perception and the construction of space. The exhibition addresses the relations between body, movement, and the sense of self, between people and their surroundings.
Eliasson says: “Contact can be a greeting, a smile, the feeling of another person’s hand in your hand. To be in contact is to be in touch with the good things in life as well as with the difficult things in life. Contact is not a picture, it is not a representation; it is about your ability to reach out, connect, and perhaps even put yourself in another person’s place. For me, contact is where inclusion begins.”
Born in 1967, Olafur Eliasson grew up in Iceland and Denmark. His artworks – including sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installation – have been exhibited throughout the world.
Not limited to the museum and gallery context, his practice engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects and interventions in civic space. In this way, Eliasson strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large.
Studio Olafur Eliasson, Berlin, comprises architects, craftsmen, specialised technicians, archivists, administrators, art historians, web and graphic designers, film-makers, and cooks.