The Olafur Eliasson exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi is a journey through time

Here and now. With this space-time reference, we walk through the doors of Strozzi Palace to discover the exhibition In your time, the largest ever made in Italy dedicated to Olafur Eliasson.

Artist, architect and activist, Eliasson is a modern day interpreter who, like a modern humanist, puts man at the center of his art in a search for new awareness. Whether it denounces the climate crisis (the installation The wheather project at Tate Modern in 2003 it was a worldwide success) both in works that play with perception and the theme of experience.

A synthesis, that between time and atmospheric conditions that becomes almost a play on words in the title of the exhibitionIn your time.

In Florence, Eliasson accepts the challenge of measuring himself against a city with an unparalleled cultural heritage, still a living material today. A challenge of languages ​​and eras that the Icelandic-Danish artist reassembles inside the most beautiful Florentine Renaissance palace that has traveled over the centuries to reach us, and become a central part of this artistic project.


Eliasson, in fact, proposes an exhibition with a conceptual framework that goes beyond the usual exhibition methods, laying the foundations for a multi-voice dialogue: among the works, Palazzo Strozzi and visitors.

«Due to its historical importance and the meanings it embodies, Palazzo Strozzi cannot be a neutral container. Thanks to the artist’s work and the participation of visitors, he becomes co-creator of the exhibition itself ». The comment of Arturo GalansinoGeneral Manager of the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, introduces us to the exhibition project that sees the building as a meeting point between architecture and history, works and people, space and time.

Installation View – ©photoElaBialkowskaOKNOstudio

The twenty installations exhibited propose a reinterpretation of the building generating a sensorial activation in the visitors, between unexpected points of view, mirrors, refractions and interferences. The exhibition involves the noble floor, the courtyard, the Strozzina. I boundaries between content and container fade in a succession of artificial lights, fleeting shadows, moiré effects and intense colors that play with Renaissance architectural elements, such as windows.

«In the first three spaces of the exhibition I used the architectural details of the building, in particular the windows, through which the light enters and we look at the external reality. A window is also a lens that has an influence on the way we see that reality, as we do not see an objective truth “, says the artist,” Some works highlight precisely this lens, this filter, for example by using the glass”.


The works of the exhibition itinerary are the result of the research conducted by the scientist artist and his multidisciplinary studio where craftsmen, architects, archivists, researchers, cooks, art historians and specialized technicians converge. A contemporary Renaissance workshopdedicated to experimentation in a constant union of art, technology and science.

«The exhibited works – explains Eliasson – are not objects of art but elements such as water, temperature, light. In some cases you can also find yourself in an almost empty room and I like to think of the idea that the work of art consists in the quality of the experience of the beholder ».

If light is the element that lights up Firefly double-polyhedron sphere experiment (2020), the manifest work of the exhibition whose geometric structure is the product of decades of research undertaken by Studio Olafur Eliasson, color is the absolute protagonist of Red window semicircle (2008) which saturates an entire room with red.

The exhibition itinerary also includes the iconic works that have marked the artist’s career as Beauty (1993), the atmospheric installation that stages a spectacular rainbowoptical effect created by the light projected, refracted and reflected by the drops of water in which the public is called to immerse themselves.

Continue with Room for one color (1997) which alters the perception of viewers from immersion in the light of mono-frequency lamps which transforms all colors into shades of gray, yellow and black, and Solar Compression (2016), a circular and reflecting disk with a yellow light inside that fills the room.


Three works on display stand out two site specific interventions designed with the use of sophisticated technologies. Starting from the courtyard, where the installation was made Under the weather (2022), a large suspended elliptical structure that vibrates according to how one moves in space. This perceptual estrangement is due to visual interference games, the so-called moiré effect, which thus destabilizes the rigid orthogonal architecture of Palazzo Strozzi.

Around moiré and illusionistic effects also rotates Your view matter (2022), the artist’s first experimentation with the virtual reality. In the Strozzina, thanks to the use of special viewersthe basement of the palace is magically expanded into the immense forms of six digital spaces, five with the shape of Platonic solids, the sixth of a sphere (also visible on

All these “sensory exercises” are designed to stimulate visitors to a new awareness of their own active role within a shared space. An experience that, as the artist hopes, extends reflection to other spaces to which we belong, from the family to society. A new awareness that also leads us to ask ourselves when you impact art on the environment: at the end of the exhibition, a report on the environmental impact of In your time where the CO2 emissions made for the realization of the works and the running of the exhibition will be calculated.

dove: Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
When: until January 22, 2023


Source: Living by

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