Olafur Eliasson | In Real Life
Posted on July 11th, 2019
In Real Life is the exhibition on everyone’s lips… what could Olafur Eliasson do to top his previous sun-drenched, or ice-melting installations in the Turbine Hall in 2103? Well, this new vast show at Tate Modern does just this, exploding our senses, bringing to the fore the many urgent climate and environmental issues present today, and elevating him to one of the most exciting artists working today.
The conversation Olafur Eliasson wants you to have is the art of sociability and he is a master of drawing you into it. He makes you think about nature and our perception of the way we live in and around it. His passion is clear – he sees first-hand the melting glaciers in his homeland, the ‘climate emergency’ as he calls it.
The mission hence behind this exhibition seems to be to make you consciously aware about the state of the world we are living in right now.
The first glimpse of his work is ‘Waterfall,’ situated on the terrace outside Tate Modern. It is striking and impactful (the cool mist helpful in a heatwave!), but it is his exhibition inside the museum which really blew us away.
In Real Life at the Tate Modern
I can’t hold back on how much we loved this exhibition. The moment the lift opens into the yellow lighting of ‘Room for one colour,’ you realise this is no ordinary exhibition!
Despite there being a map to guide you around the installations and rooms, it is really Olafur’s intention to encourage the viewer to get ‘lost’ and experience this work in a very personal way. He wants it to be all about you, what you sense, what you discover, what you see, smell and touch. He also loves the thought of ‘binding the community’ and seeking out senses with other people.
The Uncertain Shadow (above) was a highlight for us. It was interactive, brilliantly clever, playful and joyous. Definitely something to be shared. The room slightly lost its impact when it was too busy though so do try to find a quieter moment or time when there are fewer people around.
Exploring geometry of things is a major theme that runs through the exhibition. ‘Your spiral view,’ a dramatic kaleidoscope installation which you can walk through, sits alongside a newly-created kaleidoscope window. Playful colours bounce around all over the area.
Another highlight, but slightly scary one is ‘your blind passenger’. Basically a long corridor filled with fog. We entered gingerly, felt our way through, completely blind encased in the white fog and sensory light – a very strange feeling. You know the saying ‘the blind leading the blind’? Never has a truer word been spoken!
There is a lot to see here. It is spectacular, shocking, informative and current all at the same time. We loved it – pick a non-busy time and enjoy.
Olafur Eliasson | Lego at the Tate
There will be a three week interactive workshop with white lego bricks starting on the 26 July until 18 August. Two 10 metre long London-shaped tables will gradually evolve into a London cityscape. How exciting is that?
Terrace bar collaboration
Carrying on the themes within his studio, Eliasson’s kitchen team have collaborated with the Terrace Bar to produce a special organic and vegetarian menu. The menu looked super-healthy and delicious.
Talks and more … In Real Life
As with most of the big exhibitions at the Tate, there are some fabulous curators’ talks during the exhibition period. They are really worth attending to get an insight into these amazing shows. Book HERE.
London Art Studies are doing an early morning Curator’s Guide to the exhibition in September. If you are interested book your ticket.
Olafur Eliasson Exhibition details
The Tate Modern
Olafur Eliasson Tickets HERE
11 July 2019 – 5 January 2020