Ólafur Elíasson: Reality Machines (Verklighetsmaskiner): Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

3 October 2015 - 17 January 2016 

Stockholm’s Moderna Museet and the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design present: Reality Machines– a series of colour spectrum installations conceived by Olafur Eliasson. Continuing his career-long exploration of perception, Eliasson applies nature as material instead of subject matter and employs different mediums, such as light, wind and water to express the notion of constructed or re-created reality.

Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967, Denmark/Iceland) is one of the most acclaimed international artists today. Since the early 1990s, his works have been presented in countless exhibitions all over the world. Eliasson uses a variety of media, including sculpture, photography, film and installation, but he also creates architectural projects and site-specific pieces for public spaces. Light, wind and water in every conceivable form feature prominently. And yet, nature is present in the works as material rather than as subject matter.

In the encounter with Eliasson’s installation, it is not always obvious where the art object ends and the viewer begins. The focus shifts from the art object itself to the actual experience of seeing. Eliasson’s works also give rise to situations that challenge, renegotiate and reinterpret our perception of reality.

Curator: Matilda Olof-Ors