olafur eliasson: your chance encounter
olafur eliasson: your chance encounter olafur eliasson: your chance encounter
mar 15, 2010

olafur eliasson: your chance encounter



danish-icelandic artist olafur eliasson’s ‘your chance encounter’, is a large solo exhibition of his work on show at the 21st century museum of contemporary art, kanazawa, japan. for this project, eliasson explored and understood the architecture and functionality of the space, which was designed by SANAA, in order to make his work relevant within the museum walls. his installations bring the institution to life, engaging and transforming the rooms and corridors through his use of light, mirrors, shadow, color, wind and fog.

olafur eliasson your chance encountercolour shadow theatre, 2009 at the museum of contemporary art, kanazawaall images © studio olafur eliasson, 2009



eliasson works to dematerialize the traditional object-hood in art. ‘…to emphasize that it can be important to blur the boundaries between the traditional art object and space.’ he aims at bringing forth the importance of the ‘user’ of art/spectator in the museum. there is a degree of the mundane in his works. in this way, he wants to make his art accessible and interactive, creating a dialogue and relationship between his work and the viewer. with this exhibition, eliasson re-proposes the idea of the art museum, to be seen not just simply as a facility in which to view art in a context which is removed from society, but more as a public space, with the potential to engage society and the urban environment. a space in which to question our presence within this world.


the exhibition is on show until march 22nd, 2010.

olafur eliasson your chance encounter‘slow-motion shadow in colour’, 2009 HMI lamps, colour-effect filter glass (blue, green, magenta, orange, red, yellow)

olafur eliasson your chance encounter you’re making things explicit, 2009

olafur eliasson your chance encounter your water colour horizon, 2009 rubber, stainless steel, steel, wood, water glass prism, HMI lamp dimensions variable

olafur eliasson your chance encounter ‘your atmospheric colour atlas’, 2009

eye activity line, 2009 317 canvases of different colors are installed along the corridor, creating a kind of meandering layout and utilizing transitional spaces within the museum as ‘gallery’ areas

your black horizon, 2005

your black horizon, 2005

  • Just great!

    AnaDA says:
  • Wow this is a wonderful use of light and color! Wish I could see it in person 🙂

    EliaL says:
  • cool

    Aldo gnz says:

    velasca says:
  • Maybe I missed something- I tuned it because of the beauty of the original object- glass sphere- and I end up looking at a stripe down a hall, and then I read all of this guys accreditation. Once again- imagination doesn’t require tuition- it’s free. And some of these ideas are so absolutely lame it boggles the mind. However, I still keep reading db every day or so, which i n itself says something. I might not ‘get it’ every time, but I appreciate the exposure. I do get tired of the whole male white upper yadyada comments: Really? Probably if U are reading this, you already get it- I think we all do- wasn’t it Eisnehower who said (upon leaving office) ‘beware of military-industrial complex?? I’m female and well over 40- I get it, but all we can do is what we can do. Get it?

    pasha says:
  • pasha, I really enjoyed reading what you had to say, and Im genuinely interested in your point of view. but sorry, without intending to be confrontational, I didnt really understand anything of what you said.
    Did you like elaissons work? Or is it lame? Or is some of it lame and some good? Does it encourage imagination, or should we not go and use our imagination elsewhere instead?
    Did you go to the show?
    I guess I am probably one of the commenters about the white male middle class thing (which I guess has passing relevance to this post) and Im interested in if you think this is a good thing or not. Is the Eisenhower quote in favour of your view or against it? All I can gather is that he and elaisson both fit into the aforementioned category.
    I think ‘I dont get it’
    but Im not sure because I dont know I understood what you mean…
    please reply!

    confused says:

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