December 17th 2014 – February 16th 2015

"Contact" of Olafur Eliasson


“Contact” of Olafur Eliasson

Press release

Fondation Louis Vuitton presents the exhibition Olafur Eliasson: Contact December 17th, 2014 – February 16th, 2015

Fondation Louis Vuitton is launching the second phase of its inaugural program with an expansive exhibition by Olafur Eliasson, from 17 December 2014 to 16 February 2015.

Entitled Contact, Olafur Eliasson’s exhibition explores “the relations between self, space, and universe” by creating a cosmos within the Fondation.

Eliasson’s first solo show in France since his 2002 exhibition at the Musée d’art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Contact envelops visitors in a choreography of moving light and shadows, seemingly transporting them into the darkness of outer space. A number of smaller optical devices distributed throughout specially built passageways continue the artist’s on-going investigations into the mechanisms of perception and the construction of space.

As Olafur Eliasson explains: “My exhibition addresses that which lies at the edge of our senses and knowledge, of our imagination and our expectations. It is about the horizon that divides, for each of us, the known from the unknown.”

On the roof, Olafur Eliasson has installed an apparatus that tracks the sun and, at certain hours of the day, directs light rays onto a multifaceted, geometric sculpture suspended within the building.

The exhibition interacts with the newly unveiled site-specific commission Inside the horizon. Including a unique sound composition designed by Samuli Kosminen and Olafur Eliasson, this commission is a vibrant interplay of daylight, yellow light, shadows, and reflections that offers constantly changing perspectives of the Fondation’s architecture, the surroundings, and other visitors.

Olafur Eliasson, Contact
Chief Curator: Suzanne Pagé
Curators: Laurence Bossé and Hans Ulrich Obrist, in cooperation with Claire Staebler

For more information, please download the kit release.