Olafur Eliasson

From 03 November 2022 to 26 March 2023

Exhibition curated by Marcella Beccaria
3 November 2022 – 26 March 2023

From 3 November 2022 to 26 March 2023 the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea will present the exhibition curated by Marcella Beccaria devoted to Olafur Eliasson (Copenhagen, 1967). A contemporary artist interested in climate change and perception, Eliasson places viewers at the center of his artistic investigation in complex light installations and environmental works. The exhibition will consist of one large new installation specially conceived for the Manica Lunga that modifies the entire space into a gigantic optical device. The artist transforms the Manica Lunga, which measures 147 meters in length and 6 meters in width, built as a picture gallery of the House of Savoy around 1630, into a place of intense perceptual and sensorial experience, a place that recalls the research on the optics of past while at the same time enhancing the importance of corporeality and physical presence in the digital age. Utopic and subtly revolutionary, Eliasson’s practice combines the memory of direct nature with the broad branches of scientific research and ecological thinking to imagine a happy future for the planet and society. In 1999 Eliasson presented at  Castello di Rivoli the exhibition Your circumspection disclosed (1999), his first installation in an Italian museum and his first exhibition in a public museum at an international level. Born from the encounter with the architecture of the Castello, the work is, in the words of the artist, “an extension of the eye, or rather a machine to see.” In 2008 the artist created The sun has no money, presented on the occasion of the group exhibition 50 Moons of Saturn (2008) which became part of the Museum’s collections thanks to the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT. The theme introduced by the title The sun has no money is attributable to a series of research conducted by the artist in that period, marked by a serious economic crisis on a global scale. The exhibition will also include the setting up of a reading room open to the public, where the nearly one hundred catalogs that to date cover the artist’s production will be collected, starting with the very first personal exhibitions from the 1990s to today.

At the same time as the exhibition at the Castello di Rivoli, Eliasson’s work The presence of absence pavilion, 2019-2022, is presented at Castello di Grinzane Cavour, acquired by the Fondazione CRC in the thirty years of its activities. 

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Palazzo Strozzi in Florence which hosts a retrospective exhibition dedicated to the artist, and which will open to the public on 22 September.

This exhibition is also made possible thanks to the additional contribution of the Fondazione CRT.  

Castello di Rivoli thanks its Friend Benefactor Gianfranco D’Amato.

From 03 November 2022 to 26 March 2023