Olafur Eliasson’s Riverbed

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s Riverbed is on exhibition now at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The installation is made up of three sections meant to reverse the relation between nature and art. A surface of rocks covers the floors and a stream of water flows through the different galleries. Eliasson has said the installation bears resemblance to the ruins of Pompeii, the Roman city that was destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted and took down everything in its path in 79AD.

Visitors are welcome to move throughout the rocky landscape as they please, climbing on large stones and walking along the stream. The artist hopes this will invite viewers to act differently than they typically would in a museum, bending the rules based on the entirely different space that has been created.

Olafur Eliasson Riverbed can be seen at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art until January 4, 2015.


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