Olafur Eliasson The Parliament Of Possibilities

3 out of 5 stars

Be mesmerized by the artistry of natural phenomenon, a visualization of science, a dramatic theater of light, a colorful perspective of philosophy at Olafur Eliasson's Parliament of Possibilities presented at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art. The title of the exhibition comes from the idea suggested by the artist himself: “a gallery is a place where people discuss subjects on which they don’t essentially see eye to eye.” With over 22 works of art and installations being presented, visitors are sure to see, feel and interact while certainly creating a vibe for discussion. Afterall, Eliasson’s exhibition is "the combination of seeing and allowing what you see to create a feeling.”

Known for his large-scale installation art deploying natural and elemental materials like light, water and air, Olafur Eliasson, a Danish-Icelandic artist, is one of the most acclaimed artists today. Due to his ceaseless endeavor to showcase nature in new perspectives, it only makes sense that his consequent efforts to raise awareness on issues of climate change won him the annual Crystal Award at the Davos Economic Forum in 2016. At the ‘parliament,’ his wide spectrum of creative activity will not only have you raise questions dealing with nature, philosophy and science, but also foster an exciting new love, or rather reviving love for the endless possibilities that nature provides.

The exhibition starts with 2 contrasting pieces, both of which take a second glance to overcome the initial confusion and fascination. One expresses natural phenomenon but is made of steel tubing suspended from a motor (Power spiralCare spiral), while the other is composed of reindeer moss all tightly woven and mounted with human hands (Moss wall). Both beautiful in its own right, are great representations of what is to come. Hidden in a corner is the piece Your museum primer. The rotational display of refracting colors and lights resembles shooting stars and galaxies, symbolizing the eternal revolution of life. The last and the most impressive room is the theatrical display of auroras. Made by spotlight illuminating fine mist sprayed in a circle, the rainbow of colors involves the viewer’s participation for shifts in intensity.

At Parliament of Possibilities, allow yourself to just see and it will create a feeling, as Elliasson noted. In doing so, the deeper, philosophical meanings of the pieces will be rather naturally revealed within you.

By: Chuljunsung


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