Tate Modern opens Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life

olafur eliasson your uncertain shadow colour 2010 2Olafur Eliasson (b.1967), Your uncertain shadow (colour), 2010, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Vienna, Photo: María del Pilar García Ayensa/ Studio Olafur Eliasson, © 2010 Olafur Eliasson

Artist Olafur Eliasson returns to the Tate Modern after his last major installation in the gallery's Turbine Hall in 2003. This time, the exhibition includes a huge selection of his works never seen before in the UK, as well as pieces created for the exhibition.

As an entirety, the exhibition continues themes Eliasson has consistently explored - human relationships with nature, our perceptions of space and the geometry of interlocking shapes. Natural materials feature throughout, with a 20-metre living wall covered in reindeer moss providing a striking moment of pause and the terrace outside the Tate the location for Waterfall, a brand new installation created for this exhibition.

Several installations provoke interactions, with Your uncertain shadow (colour) inviting visitors to cast unexpected and colourful shadows and shapes on the wall, and Din blinde passager creating a corridor of dense fog for people to pass through.

Eliasson's engagement with environmental issues is also on display, as in his work Ice Watch, which appeared outside the Tate Modern and the Bloomberg headquarters in December - the huge pieces of ice brought from Greenland gradually melted, designed to highlight the dangers of ignoring climate change. Other pieces in this exhibition include a series of photos of glaciers in Iceland that also draw attention to the changes humans are causing in the environment.

The exhibition will be accompanied during its run by a special menu served at the Terrace Bar. This will feature locally sourced, vegetarian food, inspired by Studio Olafur Eliasson's own kitchen in its Berlin office.

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life runs 11 July 2019-5 January 2020. Book tickets here

 
  • Tate Modern, Bankside, London
  • London
  • Thursday, 11 July 2019
  • Sunday, 05 January 2020
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