Olafur Eliasson: Innen Stadt Außen at the Martin-Gropius-Bau
Date: August 3, 2010 / Author: Sara Cannon
Along with my friends Jason and Kat we went to the Martin-Gropius-Bau to see the Olafur Eliasson Exhibition. I was completely blown away. It was so well put together and so beautiful. the magnitude at which the exhibition was crafted and the detail in every piece made me speechless. Unfortunately I was yelled at when I tried to get some photos, so I have to use some from their website.
The entry way takes you down a granite path through empty rooms into a room with a huge wavy mirror
In a series of three rooms there were lights on the ground with their focal point on the wall. It created various colorful shadows people could interact with. The play on light and color was very neat. We spent a good bit of time in these rooms.. interacting with the light on the wall.. walking past, making shadows flicker or get dark. If anyone passed through without letting their curiosity loose I would have been suprised.
Andrew would appreciate this: it was a whole room full of prototypes. as an artist, I just marvel at process. the amount of care into all the models are artworks in themselves. It really showed the calculated mathematics behind the structures.
You then walk into a huge room with scaffolding and are brought into an opening... it opens up into this huge mirrored room that opens up to a skylight. It was a complete optical illusion and absolutely stunning. I love how the space was completely transformed and how the repetitions of images were slowly foggy.
One of my very favorite parts of the exhibition was this room where there was a strong light shining on a slowly spinning circular prism. The light was just fantastic and mesmerizing! I was able to capture a bit of video on my camera but it really doesn't do it justice.
Incredible how something so simple can be so beautiful.
This other room had a hose spewing water wildly from the ceiling. The whole room was black but the hose popped with strobe lights.. capturing the water formations in split seconds for the viewer. I loved how approachable it was.. you could walk under it and get soaked if you really wanted to. Jason got a little wet. One of my favorite parts about this was really the sound of the water splashing wildly. It was out of control.
The last part of the exhibition were a series of rooms filled with fog that had diffused light. The experience walking into the different light was something I had never experienced before. the hues would change as you moved.. the ending being the most intense. the fog cradled you so tight but it wasn't too thick. Toward the end I became a little overwhelmed with this new sensory experience. It was incredible. I might just go back through it again before I leave Berlin.
All in all the show was absolutely magnificent! The play on light and space with a very scientific approach was just stunning and wonderfuly beautiful. Learn more about Olafur Eliasson and see other works on his website.