Berlin

Olafur Eliasson, Speigeltunnel, 2009, mirror, dimensions variable.

Olafur Eliasson, Speigeltunnel, 2009, mirror, dimensions variable.

Berlin

Olafur Eliasson: Innen Stadt Außen (Inner City Out)

Gropius Bau
Niederkirchnerstraße 7
April 28–August 9, 2010

Curated by Daniel Birnbaum

Lately, the streets of Berlin have been accumulating driftwood. This isn’t the residue of receding floodwaters but the overture to Olafur Eliasson’s largest European survey to date. It’s also his first solo show in a Berlin institution— a somewhat surprising fact given that he’s lived and worked in the city for the past fifteen years. But then again, Eliasson’s expansive, research-oriented studio has become a Berlin institution in its own right: one that specializes in spurring complex reflexive meditations on the various machineries in which we find ourselves. Taking the museum as gateway to a new urban optics, Eliasson will install more pieces in public spaces while also drawing the city into the museum, filling the Martin-Gropius- Bau with mostly new works. To quote Birnbaum, this exhibition just may “bring you outward to your innermost exterior.”