Since the early 1990s, Olafur Eliasson has created works that uses natural materials (such as moss, lava, ice, water) or that represent natural phenomena and landscape elements (rainbows, waterfalls). His attention to nature has developed, thanks to his extensive experience in Iceland. In this conference, we will discuss how these interests have led him to produce, in recent years, works that address the climate emergency: projects like “Ice Watch” and the recently updated “Glacier series”.
Mark Godfrey is Senior Curator of International Art at Tate Modern. He was curator of exhibitions for Franz West, Roni Horn, Francis Alys, Alighiero Boetti, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Richard Hamilton. He has published essays dedicated to artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Tacita Dean, Zoe Leonard, Laura Owens and Frances Stark. He is curator of the exhibition Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life, which will be on display until January 5, 2020.