Olafur Eliasson, portrait, 2015, Photo: Heike Göttert 2013
Olafur Eliasson is among the most unconventional figures in today’s creative world. Artist, architect, designer, educator? Eliasson transcends the stereotype that creative people’s personality and work ethos should be identified in no more than four words, today.
Born in 1967 in Copenhagen, grown in Iceland and Denmark and currently living in Berlin, Eliasson often reveal his multicultural background in his works, his teaching activity as a professor in Berlin and Addis Ababa, and in the interest for other cultures, such as in the case of his long-term fascination and involvement with Ethiopia.
Art installations, architectural interventions, design objects or social-oriented projects, the works by Eliasson, developed in his multidisciplinary Studio, always demonstrate a great formal sensitivity, a profound knowledge of physics and technology, a great capability to understand the spirit of place, and an exemplary interest in people, who often become part of his works as actors, instead than being passive spectators. An original approach who contributed to Eliasson being awarded prestigious prizes, such as the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2013 and Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts in 2014.
At Inexhibit, we have always reserved a great attention to him, because we feel his free, unfussy, and multifarious approach to creativity very close in spirit to that of our magazine.