Olafur Eliasson traces his artistic practice over 25 years


Renowned Danish-Icelandic artist and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Olafur Eliasson traces his artistic practice over the last 25 years in a keynote address while in Brisbane for the opening of ‘Water‘. From early works like Beauty 1993, seminal installations like The weather project 2003, to his monumental work Riverbed 2014 in our current exhibition – Eliasson’s practice spans a broad range of media and inspires conversation about how art can turn thinking into doing in the world.

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Olafur Eliasson (right) viewing Riverbed 2014 installed at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 2019 / Subscribe to QAGOMA YouTube and step behind closed doors to experience the Gallery like never before

Join us at GOMA until 26 April 2020

This summer in Brisbane is all about finding somewhere cool to spend the day, surrounded by water. If that sounds like paradise, QAGOMA’s latest summer blockbuster has incredible experiences to make your summer the best yet.

From major immersive experiences to smaller-scale treasures by Australian and international artists, the ‘Water‘ exhibition highlights this precious resource. Walk across a vast, rocky riverbed created by Olafur Eliasson; see animals from around the world gather together to drink from Cai Guo-Qiang’s brilliant blue waterhole; gaze at Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s snowman frozen in Brisbane’s summer heat; traverse a cloud of suspended gymnastic rings in a participatory artwork by William Forsythe, and reflect on the long history of our reliance on water through Megan Cope’s re-created midden. Tickets to ‘Water’ are on sale at the exhibition ticket desk and online.

Watch ‘Riverbed’ come to life

Below the Tide Line

Kids and families can explore ocean conservation issues — particularly the impact that ghost nets have on the marine environment — via a spectacular artwork display, a drawing activity and an interactive screen-based animation. Find out more

The Noise of Waters

See films that explore our complex and contradictory relationship with water — the essence of life and an indefatigable, destructive force. Find out more

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An accompanying publication is available from the QAGOMA Store and online.

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Feature image: Olafur Eliasson, Denmark/Iceland b.1967 / Riverbed 2014 installed at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 2019 / Water, rock (volcanic stones [blue basalt, basalt, lava], other stones, gravel, sand), wood, steel, plastic sheeting, hose, pumps / Courtesy: The artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/Los Angeles

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