Our London tip for this month: head to TATE Modern to immerse yourself in Olafur Eliasson’s entrancing installations
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson creates installations on a scale and ambition that befits his central artistic obsession: the natural world. Eliasson’s work invites viewers to experience nature on the same terms that he apprehends it as an artist, which is to say monolithically. His first major work presented at the TATE came in 2003, in the form of the Weather Project – a gigantic glowing light installation representing the sun, which illuminated the expanse of TATE Modern’s vast Turbine Hall. The work on display in Real Life, a major new survey, may not quite match the maniacal grandiosity of the Weather Project, but it certainly lacks none of its grandeur. Featuring an entire gallery wall covered in reindeer moss, a tunnel of backlit luminescent fog and a sublime room of rainbows set against misty artificial rain, Olaf Eliasson’s Real Life is an experience not to be missed.
Olaf Eliasson: Real Life is on show at TATE Modern until January 2020 [https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/olafur-eliasson]
By P Marcus Browne