Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Einar Thorsteinn Model room, 2003. © 2003 Olafur Eliasson and Einar Thorsteinn. Installation view at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, 2014. Photo: Anders Sune Berg. Courtesy of Moderna Museet. Purchase 2015 funded by The Anna-Stina Malmborg and Gunnar Höglund Foundation.
Prior to the opening of Olafur Eliasson: Verklighetsmaskiner/Reality machines, Moderna Museet has announced that Olafur Eliasson’s key work Model room has been acquired for the Moderna Museet collection.
Commenting on Model room, Olafur Eliasson says:”Model room arranges most of the models created for my artworks over the last two decades – realised and unrealised – into a new artwork. It is as if nearly every thought I had in my studio during that time now lives in the urban landscape that is Model room. In this sense, it holds the very DNA of my work in a generous, spatial archive, and I consider it a centrepiece of my artistic oeuvre.”
Olafur Eliasson’s work Model room (2003) is a landscape of geometric models and objects, started in 1996 and created by the artist in collaboration with the Icelandic mathematician and architect Einar Thorsteinn. Over the years, Model room has evolved into a three-dimensional archive, a collection of materialised ideas, of which the more recent have been developed and implemented as installations, pavilions and monumental projects. The new work Less ego wall (2015), for instance, originated in geometric experiments visible in Model room.
Model room is the work that first meets visitors to the exhibition Olafur Eliasson: Verklighetsmaskiner/Reality machines, which opens on 3 October. The acquisition of Olafur Eliasson’s Model room was possible thanks to generous support from the Anna-Stina Malmborg and Gunnar Höglund Foundation.