Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” exhibition in Vienna

While emphasizing the way spaces are constructed by history and tradition, Eliasson’s works address the viewer in her embodied experience. Through the use of projections, shadows, and reflections, the artworks foreground the relationship between body, perception, and image.

 

Wishes versus wonders. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Wishes versus wonders. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

 

BAROQUE BAROQUE brings together a significant selection of artworks by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson from the private collections of Thyssen- Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) and Juan and Patricia Vergez presenting them within the grand baroque setting of the Belvedere’s Winter Palace. The former city residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736), was an important site of artistic and scientific patronage in baroque Vienna. BAROQUE BAROQUE is an encounter between artworks, aesthetics, and worldviews from two vastly different epochs.


 

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“Olafur Eliasson: BAROQUE BAROQUE”
The Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy
November 21, 2015 – March 6, 2016
The Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy
Himmelpfortgasse 8, 1010 Vienna
Austria

 


The exhibition challenges viewers’ habits of perception and proposes that reality can be understood as unstable and evolving, as a process of constant negotiation. Surprising affinities between Eliasson’s works and their temporary settings become evident as the juxtapositions explore the relationships between object and viewer, representation and experience, actual and virtual, giving rise to a concept of the baroque superimposed on itself — the BAROQUE BAROQUE.

 

Wishes versus wonders. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Wishes versus wonders. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

Lines for horizons. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Lines for horizons. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

 

They anchor agency in the body and mind in motion as they invite the viewer’s active engagement by mirroring, fragmenting, and inverting her position within space.

 

Yellow corridor. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Yellow corridor. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

Eye see you. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Eye see you. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

 

Eliasson says, “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 on faith   in the idea that constructions and models are as real as   anything.”

 

Installation view. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Installation view. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

Installation view. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Installation view. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

 

In the entrance Vestibule, the light installation Die organische und kristalline Beschreibung (1996) floods the walls, floor, and ceiling with swelling washes of blue and yellow light, an ocean of color that loosens the viewer’s sense of the stability of her environment. In Yellow corridor (1997), monofrequency light is used to heighten the precariousness of our relationship to visible space.

 

Fivefold tunnel. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Fivefold tunnel. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

 

Eliasson’s optical machines and installations — such as Kaleidoscope (2001), New Berlin Sphere (2009), Your welcome reflected (2003), and Seu planeta compartilhado (Your shared planet), (2011) — reflect the artist’s ongoing investigations of color, perception, transformation, and deconstruction, an inquiry that is particularly interesting in relation to the baroque context. A site- specific intervention in the form of a continuous mirror traversing the enfilade of grand rooms further disorients the viewer by folding and re-folding the complex spaces it produces. Wishes versus wonders (2015), a steel half-ring mounted to the mirror wall in the Hall of Battle Paintings, stages an encounter between reality, illusion, and the elaborate artifice of the surroundings, simultaneously multiplying lines of potentiality.

 

Kaleidoscope. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Kaleidoscope. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

Kaleidoscope. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Kaleidoscope. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

 

Within this terrain of doubling and paradox, Eliasson calls into question our received habits of seeing and experiencing space. His artworks make us wonder and reconsider, giving meaning to the enigmatic doubling inherent in BAROQUE BAROQUE.

 

Five orientation lights. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Five orientation lights. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

Double light ventilator mobile. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Double light ventilator mobile. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

Your shared planet. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Your shared planet. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

Your shared planet. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Your shared planet. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

 

With works from Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Vienna and Juan & Patricia Vergez private collections, Buenos Aires.


 

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