Espace Muraille - Olafur Eliasson Objects defined by activity - Geneva, Switzerland

Olafur Eliasson
Objets définis par l’activité (Objects defined by activity)
Espace Muraille, Geneva, Switzerland
24 January - 28 April 2018


We are pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Olafur Eliasson at the Espace Muraille, opening 24 January 2018.
Founded by collector Caroline Freymond, Espace Muraille is a unique space dedicated to contemporary art, located in the heart of Geneva’s Old Town. Eliasson’s exhibition continues the space’s programme of high-calibre exhibitions, which to date have included French artist Monique Frydman, Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary, Argentine artist Tomàs Saraceno, American artist Sheila Hicks, and British artist Edmund de Waal.

Objets définis par l’activité (Objects defined by activity) is organized around representative elements of Eliasson’s artistic vocabulary – notably his work with perception, light, water, and colour – and includes several new installations produced especially for the space. Initiated by Laurence Dreyfus, the exhibition was developed in close collaboration with the artist and his studio. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.

Caroline and Eric Freymond are important patrons of Eliasson’s work, which they have followed closely for many years. In the words of Caroline Freymond, ” Olafur Eliasson’s art combines thought and action to create connections between different perceptions of the world at both the individual and collective scale; his interventions always enable us to reflect on the space we inhabit in a more considered and engaged manner. It is our great pleasure to present an exhibition at the Espace Muraille devoted to “objects defined by activity”. Beyond the purely aesthetic appeal of the works, the exhibition offers visitors a procession of experiential encounters as they move through a space transformed by experimentation with sensory perception, physical form, and movement in time.” 

Olafur Eliasson: Objets définis par l’activité, at Espace Muraille, brings together a selection of 16 artworks which attest to Olafur Eliasson’s research on time, perception, space, movement, and the relativity of reality. Eliasson is an artist who understands our era not only from a scientific and aesthetic point of view but also with a sense of communal ecological urgency, as exemplified by his projects Little Sun, Ice Watch, and Green light – An artistic workshop. The works in this exhibition are good examples of what the artist refers to as ‘experimental setups’ – they trigger viewers’ perceptions, encourage them to move about and examine the works from various perspectives. This reflects Eliasson’s idea that viewers play a key role in coproducing the artworks.


Photo: Olafur Eliasson, Everywhere compass, (detail) 2017. Stainless steel, wood, oil paint (colour spectrum), paint (black), magnet. 120 x 120 x 180 cm. Photographer: Jens Ziehe. Courtesy of the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. © 2017 Olafur Eliasson