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Olafur Eliasson: The Tate exhibition that warps perceptions

Our August masterclass saw us take a trip down to the Tate Modern for an exclusive, after-hours tour of the new Olafur Eliasson exhibition ‘In Real Life’. It was an experience that led our brains through twists and turns, always delivering the unexpected…

The brilliant creative behind the exhibition, Olafur Eliasson, is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for his sculptures and large-scale installation art where he uses a range of elemental materials such as light, water, and temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience. He certainly lived up to this.

Our wonderful guide, Senior Curator of International Art (Europe and Americas) at Tate, Mark Godfrey, gave us an insight into his unrivalled expertise on this three-year installation process. Everything from the negotiation process between the Tate and the artist to the logistics of creating a mist-filled room, Mark was the perfect person to educate us on the intricacies of the experience.


The exhibition covers three of Olafur’s main interests…


Olafur is curious about how smaller shapes fit together to make larger, more impressive sculptures! How light flows through them to create mesmerising shadows.



These pieces were created in response to one of Olafur’s long-standing questions – How one can reflect on landscape and nature, both on large and small scales, without making direct pictures of it?



How the eye can be manipulated by colour and elements to produce images that are not what they seem to be. For example, we walked through a room full of, what seemed to be, different coloured mist – but it was only orange and white light! Our brains had filled in multiple other colours including purple, yellow and blue! Or how about this room that makes everyone look black and white?!


We had an incredible time at the Tate! A huge thank you to Mark for taking the time to educate us all on the incredible work of Olafur Eliasson and the years of hard work that are behind these beautifully interactive exhibitions.



If you’d like to go the exhibition is running until 5 January 2020. Click here for tickets and more info!