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<strong>Olafur Eliasson</strong><br/>The parliament of possibilities

Olafur Eliasson
The parliament of possibilities


Over the years, world-renowned Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) has engaged in continuous experimentation, creating works that encompass his broad interests in topics such as nature, philosophy, science, and architecture, as well as the visual arts. Many of Eliasson’s works are composed primarily of immaterial elements, incorporating optical illusions, movement, light, and mirrors, visual experiments with light and colour, and quasi-natural phenomena produced by machines. His works completely transform the museum into a new space, generating a wealth of new experiences for viewers.

The parliament of possibilities, Eliasson’s major solo exhibition at Leeum, introduces viewers to a wide range of notable works from throughout his career, spanning from the early nineteen-nineties to the present. The exhibition features a total of twenty-two works, including early pieces such as Moss wall, created with moss from Iceland, and Reversed waterfall, which defies gravity by shooting water upwards, to recent works such as Your unpredictable path, a huge nebula made from more than 1,000 glass spheres, and Rainbow assembly, made from water and light. The exhibited works were selected to offer viewers insight into Eliasson’s artistic practice, which reminds us that art exists in the present tense, continuously producing new meaning in the world.

Exhibition : 28 September, 2016 ~ 26 February, 2017

Olafur Eliasson: The parliament of possibilities


  • Publc Programs

    To cast light upon Olafur Eliasson's work from different angles, four lecture programs are held in the auditorium: a talk by the curator that accompanies a conversation between the artist and a philosopher; an online live talk between Studio Olafur Eliasson and a former longtime chef at the studio kitchen; and two scholarly lectures on the artist's practices grounded on in-depth art historical and theoretical analysis.
    Within the darkened space of the Black Box, multiple spotlights illuminate a circular curtain of fine mist, creating shimmering rainbows in the air. Choreographers and dancers are drawn to this work that is also a space, Rainbow assembly, exploring and adding another layer of liveliness to it. Some of them also invite audience participation, giving you a chance to be included in an artistic experience created by bodily movements.
    In his work, Olafur Eliasson often makes use of the Zome system. Zometools, a model-construction set with balls and sticks, are provided everyday in the Workshop Room, Ground Gallery; you can use them to construct different shapes, from a simple figure to a complex polyhedron. In addition, there will also be two special workshops to experience the exhibition anew drawing on the elements of sound and light.

    Olafur Eliasson's work is not constrained to museums. He made a large outdoor installation with ice blocks from Greenland in coincidence with UN COP 21 conference, collaborated with a university to experiment on new possibilities of art education, and provided sustainable energy to those without access to electricity through a social business. You can take a look into the broad range of the artist's practices through the films on display in the Workshop Room.  

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Exhibition Guide



Tuesday - Sunday 10:30 ~ 18:00 (Last admission at 17:30)
Closed Every Monday, New Year's Day, Lunar New Year & Thanksgiving Holidays


Adults 8,000won
Ages 24 and under / Students 4,000won
Seniors, Disabled 4,000won
Digital Guide 1,000won

Daypass Adults 14,000won
Daypass Ages 24 and under / Students 7,000won
Daypass Seniors, Disabled 7,000won
※ Digital Guide is free with the purchase of Daypass

Presented by Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art