The Menil Collection, May 26 – Sep 5, 2004

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At once an installation artist and photographer, Olafur Eliasson is noted for conceptual works based on architecture, science, and natural phenomena. Through his installations–composed of materials such as ice, water, light, and metallic crystalline structures–and photographic series of landscapes, he generates a close connection between the phenomenology of things and their surroundings. His work sets out from human perception and, as he himself puts it, “questions the way we see and all the different systems of seeing.” This first survey of Eliasson’s photographic works focuses on an aspect of his oeuvre that has heretofore been marginalized, contextualizing his photographic projects within his broader scheme and within the history of contemporary art.