Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Your Chance Encounter.

Your Chance Encounter. Photographs by Olafür Eliasson. Lars Müller Publishers, 2010. 216 pp., 200 illustrations, 9½x7¾".

"The acclaimed Danish-Icelandic artist Olafür Eliasson developed a sequence of spatial experiments for his 'Your Chance Encounter' exhibition in the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan. His piece challenges visitors to move around and get their bearings, and stimulates them to see the museum as a public space for addressing art and reality critically.

The installations were developed especially for the exhibition. They are arranged in a tight context with the spatial structure of the museum and extend the concept of architecture by the Japanese architecture practice SANAA. Olafür Eliasson does not work only in the museum galleries, but also in the corridors in between and the adjacent courtyards, thus linking the indoor and outdoor areas closely and examining this museum’s unique qualities.

The artist’s book was created in close co-operation with Olafür Eliasson’s studio. Its elaborate design with an extensive pictorial section offers a comprehensive record of the exhibition and an important analysis of this successful artist’s work. An essay by art historian Eve Blau interprets the exhibition in relation to its surroundings and contrasts the experimental approaches of Olafür Eliasson and SANAA, while curator Hiromi Kurosawa introduces the history and context of the museum in Kanazawa."
-- publisher's description

Read more about and view more images from inside the book here, or read more about the exhibition here.

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