Preview: Olafur Eliasson in Season 9 of Art21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century" (2018)

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Olafur Eliasson considers the impact of art beyond the object in this preview of the upcoming “Berlin” episode from Season 9 of the “Art in the Twenty-First Century” television series.

Shown at work on his "Reality projector" (2018) installation for the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles, Eliasson narrows in on the introspective potential of experiencing a work of art. "Instead of questioning the object, you are in fact questioning yourself," says the artist. "Art can somehow offer an opportunity to do some self-evaluation."

Olafur Eliasson was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1967. Moving seamlessly from his early photographs to sculpture, immersive environments, large-scale public interventions, and architectural projects, Eliasson uses simple natural elements—light, color, water, and movement—to alter viewers' sensory perceptions. Predicated on the idea that "art does not end where the real world begins," Eliasson’s work lives in the active exchange between his creations and the viewers.

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Season 9 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" premieres September 21 at 9:00 p.m. on PBS. "Berlin" airs September 21 at 10:00 p.m.

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