Olafur Eliasson's major exhibition ever in Italy opened at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence on September 22.
The Icelandic-Danish Eliasson is one of the most original and visionary contemporary artists, with a multifaceted production that includes installations, paintings, sculpture, photography and moving images.
His art is driven by his interest in perception, movement, lived experience, his own feelings and those of the community. His practice is not limited to the confines of museums and galleries, but engages the public through architectural projects, interventions in public spaces, and art, social and environmental education.
In his Berlin studio he brings together a large group of artisans, architects, archivists, researchers, administrators, chefs, art historians and technical specialists.
The exhibition set up at Palazzo Strozzi - "Nel tuo tempo" (In your time) - is the result of the artist's direct work on Renaissance architecture; windows, ceilings, corners are protagonists themselves, through interventions using lights, screens, fleeting shadows, reflections, mirrors or colored filters.
"This is an encounter between works of art, visitors and Palazzo Strozzi" (Olafur Eliasson).
The starting point of the exhibition is Under the weather, a large site-specific installation for the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi, an ever-changing work.
On display are some of Eliasson's iconic works.
Beauty (1993), a spectacular rainbow whose appearance is created by the light projected, refracted and reflected by the water drops in which the audience is immersed, so depending on the angle, each person has a subjective and personal view of the rainbow.
Firefly double-polyhedron sphere experiment (2020), a large polyhedron of green, orange, yellow, cyan and pink colored glass that stems from the artist's interest in the themes of geometry and light.
The exhibition continues in the Strozzina's spaces through works that continue Eliasson's reflections on perception and the use of the moiré effect.
In addition to guided tours, Palazzo Strozzi offers a series of tours and workshops dedicated to children and families, to discover the exhibition creatively and experiment with the languages of art, and numerous accessibility projects.
Finally, "Fuorimostra", an itinerary involving museums and cultural institutions in the city and throughout Tuscany, in dialogue with the Palazzo Strozzi exhibition, is proposed.
The exhibition, conceived by Studio Olafur Eliasson, is promoted and organized by Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi. Main Supporter: Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi. Supporters: City of Florence, Tuscany Region, Florence Chamber of Commerce, Intesa Sanpaolo, Palazzo Strozzi Partners Committee.
The courtyard installation "Under the Weather" (2022) is made possible through the support of the Hillary Merkus Recordati Foundation as part of the Palazzo Strozzi Future Art project. Thanks to Maria Manetti Shrem and Città Metropolitana di Firenze for their support.