Belvedere and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) invited bloggers last week to a special preview of the exhibition by the Danish Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Conceived by Francesca von Habsburg in collaboration with Agnes Husslein, OLAFUR ELIASSON: BAROQUE BAROQUE is an fantastic project that shows Eliasson’s most wonderful works from the holdings of TBA21 and the Juan and Patricia Vergez Collection. We had the change to see Eliasson’s artworks from two decades and his his work and the extraordinary baroque setting of the Belvedere’s Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy in Vienna. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue edited by TBA21 and Belvedere and it’s open from November 21, 2015–March 6, 2016.
“I find it inspiring that
the baroque exhibited such confidence in the fluidity of the boundaries between models of reality and, simply, reality. The presentation of my works at the Winter Palace is based on trust in the possibility of constructing reality according to our shared dreams and desires and faith in the idea that constructions and models are as real as anything.”
Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Eliasson strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world.
Eliasson’s diverse works – in sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installations – have been exhibited widely throughout the world. Not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery, his practice engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects and interventions in civic space.
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