copenhagen: riverbed

© olafur elíasson at louisiana museum of modern art / photography: anders sune berg 

always managing to create arresting settings, ólafur elíasson has now occupied a large part of copenhagen's louisiana museum of modern art with a striking site-specific installation that reverses the relation between nature and art, and also blurs boundaries between them along the way. the transitions between inside and outside, culture and staged nature, become fluid and transitory – and the progress of the visitor through the museum becomes a central issue. eliasson’s installation is an enhancement of our gaze at the museum, at ourselves and at the world. consisting of three spatial sections, the central work - aptly named riverbed [2014] - is based on the unique connection between nature, architecture and art that characterizes the venue's set-up.

the installation is comprehensive and has morphed the entire south wing into a stunning rocky landscape, instigating a new way of movement into the museum. this sculptural approach to the body’s movement in space is also evident in the next section. here, three recent film works are presented, all very much explorations of different spaces and settings. the third and final part comprises of model room [2003], a key work in the artist's creative output that is always adapted to the specific exhibition situation. in this case, elíasson presents around motley collection of 400 geometric models used in developing artworks, and which give an insight into elíasson's hybrid creative practice [on through jan 4]. location: gammel strandvej 13 [humlebæk].

© olafur elíasson at louisiana museum of modern art / photography: anders sune berg