“Olafur Eliasson: Green light – An artistic workshop” at The National Gallery in Prague

This unique project of the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson will be presented in Prague for the first time. Creator of monumental installations in London’s Tate Modern and in the Museum of Vienna, he works with light and tries to attract our attention to the migration crisis and the unstable situation in some countries today.

 

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

 

The National Gallery in Prague will present Olafur Eliasson: Green light – An artistic workshop as part of its GRAND OPENING program. The presentation will consist of a small-scale iteration of the artistic workshop that took place at TBA21–Augarten, Vienna, and will be led by former Green light participants. If we imagine the green light as a metaphor of the hand we give to immigrants, we can start the process of the worlds Transformation. The exhibition will have a form of little manufacture where it will be possible to buy the lights to support the platform Green Light- Shared Learning.


 

Practical information

“Olafur Eliasson: Green light – An artistic workshop”
March 17 – April 4, 2017
The National Gallery, Veletržní palác
Dukelských hrdinů 47, Prague
Czech Republic

 


Initiated by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) in Vienna, Austria, Green light – An artistic workshop responds to a situation of social transformation, displacement, and migration.

 

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

 

Through the communal fabrication of Green light lamps and an educational program based on shared learning principles, the project constitutes a dynamic space that elicits various forms of participation and engagement. Conceived by Eliasson as a metaphorical green light for refugees and migrants, Green light testifies to the agency of contemporary art and its potential to initiate processes of civic transformation.

 

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

 

Green light is an act of welcoming, addressed both to those who have fled hardship and instability in their home countries and to the residents of the cities receiving them. Working together in a playful creative process, participants build a modular light and construct a communal environment in which difference is not only accepted but embraced. I hope Green light shines light on some of the challenges and responsibilities arising from the current refugee crisis in Europe and throughout the world.”  – Olafur Eliasson

 

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

 

Both pre-assembled and flat-packed Green light lamps will be available on site for a donation of €300. All proceeds from the project go to supporting the Green light–Shared Learning platform and TBA21’s partner organizations Red Cross Vienna, Caritas and Georg Danzer Haus in Vienna, Austria. Venue: Mezzanine above NG Bookshop – Koenig Books.

 

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson


 

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