Special Exhibition : Olafur Eliasson

2022.7.23(Sat.) - 2022.9.11(Sun.)



2022.7.23(Sat.) - 2022.9.11(Sun.)
10:00-18:00(until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Gallery 14


Mondays (except Augast 15), August 16


Adults: ¥750 (¥600)
Students: ¥520 (¥410)
18 and under: ¥260 (¥200)
65 and over: ¥600

*Tickets also include admission (same-day only) to A collaborative exhibition of works from the collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and National Crafts Museum “Forms of Hitogata.

*Fees in parentheses are for groups of 20 people or more and web tickets.

For More Information:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Phone: +81-76-220-2800
E-Mail: info@kanazawa21.jp

Since the early 1990s, Olafur Eliasson has pursued a diverse practice that includes photography, sculpture, drawing, installation, design, and architecture. He has gained international renown for his endeavors to realize a sustainable world through art.
This exhibition presents The exploration of the center of the sun, a work emerging from Eliasson’s interest in ecology and renewable energy, for the first time since the museum acquired it. The work consists of a glass-covered polyhedron and a photovoltaic unit (solar panels and a power supply system with storage batteries, etc.) A light source is mounted in the center of the work, and a light at the end of an arm protruding from the light source rotates slowly, illuminating the room as if the glass polyhedron, suspended in a fixed position in the center of the room, were rotating. The light from the glass polyhedron, to which are attached glittering polarizing filters developed by Studio Olafur Eliasson, projects a galaxy of reflections throughout the room that captivate viewers and immerse them in the world of the work. These movements of light evoke the relationship between the sun, the indispensable source of life, and the planets that orbit it, as well as our orientation toward the structures and laws that make our world’s existence possible. This work, powered by electrical energy generated by solar panels installed in the light courtyard, encourages us to reconsider traditional historical views of progress and new perspectives on sustainable development as we face drastic and irreversible changes in the global environment. We hope that this exhibition will encourage viewers to examine the role of art in an ecological context, while enjoying new and magical perceptual experiences created by a polyhedral compound and reflections of light.

Artist Profile

  • Olafur Eliasson

    Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1967. Lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen.
    After studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, he moved to Berlin and founded Studio Olafur Eliasson. He is known worldwide for works that employ light, water, color, and mirrors to explore the fundamental processes by which human perceptions of visible phenomena are formed.
    Since his work first appeared at the Venice Biennale in 1995, he has participated in international exhibitions including the Biennale of Sydney, the São Paulo Art Biennial (both 1998), and the Yokohama Triennale (2001). The Weather Project, presented at the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London in 2003, was particularly successful and led to his being widely known in Japan.
    Eliasson is noted for producing many large-scale installations, such as a 2008 public project featuring four artificial waterfalls on the New York waterfront. In 2014, he co-founded Studio Other Spaces with architect Sebastian Behmann. Major solo exhibitions in Japan include the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, 2005), the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Ishikawa, 2009-10), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2020).



Organized by:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation)