Arts and Culture  Exhibition 

‘Life’ by Olafur Eliasson at Beyeler Foundation

28/07/2021


Open night and day, with no windows and doors to block access, the site-specific installation Life by the artist Olafur Eliasson (Copenhagen, 1967) can be visited until this month of July at the Beyeler Foundation in Riehen, a city in the Canton of Basel, Switzerland.

Eliasson has eliminated windows of Renzo Piano’s Fondation Beyeler to open up the museum to its surroundings, blurring the lines between the exterior and the interior, the museum and the work of art, producing the feel of a continuum that an aquatic landscape accentuates.

Visitors can walk on the wooden bridges that stretch over a pond where ferns and small lilies float, the artificially green water of which is bright in daylight and fluorescent at night thanks to a combination of ultraviolet rays and a dye known as uranine, which gives a significant punch to the exhibition experience. The artwork offers the opportunity to activate our senses, stimulating us visually and through fragrances, ambient sounds, and the humidity in the air.


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