The Tate Modern’s Summer Exhibition Will Feature A Room Full Of Rainbows

Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson will return to the Tate Modern, scene of his past triumphs.

You may not know the name Olafur Eliasson that well, but you certainly know his work. It all began in 2003, in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, when the artist made a sunny entrance to the public consciousness with ‘The Weather Project’ – a combination of yellow lamps, mirrors, and mist which gave the impression of the sun hanging over the hall. (See also: the best art exhibitions in London this year.)

Olafur Eliasson
Photo: @monopolmagazin

Even now, it remains one of Turbine Hall’s most beloved installations, and launched a very fruitful union between Eliasson and Tate Modern. Eliasson returned to London in 2017, this time bringing the arresting ‘Room For One Colour’ to the National Gallery:

Olafur Eliasson
Photo: @kunstpalast

Olafur Eliasson’s most recent artistic gambit was to display giant blocks of melting polar ice outside the Tate Modern, to call attention to the frightening rate of global warming. Themes of environmentalism and the natural world often run through Eliasson’s work, and they gain even more importance as time ticks by.

Olafur Eliasson
Photo: @charlieforghambailey

That’s just a brief retrospective of Eliasson’s career – and if you enjoyed it, you’re in luck, as we’ll get a more in-depth one this summer. Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life is set to arrive at Tate Modern on July 11th, 2019, bringing a whole host of his most famous installations to London. Amongst the buzziest arrivals is ‘Beauty’, an artwork in which a fine mist of rain is lit with a spotlight, creating the beautiful illusion of an indoor rainbow.

Olafur Eliasson
‘Your Spiral View’, an Olafur Eliasson project from 2002. Photo: @tate

Also coming along for the retrospective are the mind-twisting ‘Your Spiral View’, a kaleidoscopic tunnel you can walk through, and ‘Moss Wall’, which is exactly what you’d expect it to be. Sadly, ‘The Weather Project’ won’t be making the triumphant return some might have hoped for, but a tunnel of artificial fog will form part of the exhibition, so at there’s still plenty of weather-themed art to keep you interested.

Olafur Eliasson
‘Your Blind Passenger’. Photo: @robbiesinclairdotcom

Whilst the art will nourish your soul, Eliasson also plans to nourish your body, as he’ll create a menu for the Tate’s Terrace Bar, inspired by the ethical, organic meals cooked in his Berlin studio. It’s not just food for thought at this show, you know.

Location: Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG. Nearest stations are Southwark and London Bridge. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life will run July 11, 2019 – January 5, 2020. Gallery hours are 10am-6pm (Sun – Thu) and 10am-10pm (Fri – Sat).
Prices: adult tickets are £18, or free for Tate members. The Tate strongly encourages advance booking.
More information: can be found here.

Featured image: Olafur Eliasson, archive image.

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