Olafur Eliasson (Danish-Icelandic, b. 1967) is an installation artist and photographer. Eliasson studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and is a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 1995, Eliasson established the “Studio Olafur Eliasson,” which is a studio comprised of architects, craftsmen, artists, technicians, art historians, and archivists who serve to communicate and contextualize Eliasson’s art. In 2009, Eliasson initiated the establishment of Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments), associated with the College of Fine Arts at the Berlin University of the Arts. Eliasson’s works attempt to enhance user experience and alter perceptions of the environment, employing materials such as light, water and air temperature. His art is often cited as highly experimental and conceptual, as it frequently makes use of the exhibition space in an immersive way. Eliasson received the Benesse Prize by the Benesse Corporation for his “Spiral Pavilion,” designed for the 1999 Venice Biennial and currently on display at Kunsthalle Bielefeld. He was also awarded the Nykredit Architecture Prize (2004), the first Joan Miró Prize by the Joan Miró Foundation (2007), and the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT (2014), among other accolades.
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