Azabudai Hills Gallery, operated by Mori Building Co., Ltd. will hold an inaugural exhibition, Olafur Eliasson: A harmonious cycle of interconnected nows from November 24, 2023 to March 31, 2024. at the
newly opened Azabudai Hills Gallery in Azabudai Hills.
Firefly biosphere (falling magma star), 2023
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Olafur Eliasson (born in 1967 in Denmark), an Icelandic-Danish artist, has attracted worldwide attention
not only for his diverse genre-crossing works, but also his active engagement with social issues including the climate crisis. Eliasson’s works, including his large-scale installations, invite fresh interpretations of the world and our relationship with nature through new perceptual experiences guided by natural phenomena and their constituent elements of color, light, and movement.
The exhibition explores the ideas central to Eliasson’ s new public artwork, A harmonious cycle of
interconnected nows (2023). Through new installations, works on paper, and three-dimensional pieces –
coupled with older works – the artist pursues the motifs of line, gesture and movement. From the large
light-and-water installation Your split second house (2010) to Firefly biosphere (falling magma star) (2023), a geometric sculpture containing intricately refracted light, to new drawings powered by sunlight, wind, and other phenomena of nature, Olafur Eliasson: A harmonious cycle of interconnected nows presents a selection of works that appeal to the senses and are supported by research into natural phenomena, geometry, physics, movement and patterns.
Your split second house, 2010
Photo: Christian Uchtmann
About the exhibition subtitle: “A harmonious cycle of interconnected nows”
“A harmonious cycle of interconnected nows” is the name of an artwork by Olafur Eliasson that is exhibited in the office lobby of the Azabudai Hills Mori JP Tower. This exhibition will further explore the theme addressed in this work through new installations and other works, including three-dimensional works.
This work is composed of four sculptures, each approximately 3 meters in diameter, hanging continuously in a 15-meter-high atrium. Eliasson, who grew up surrounded by the natural beauty of Denmark and Iceland, has been a leading voice in the contemporary art world in terms of addressing the urgent issues facing the world today, such as the climate crisis, and this is the first time Studio Olafur Eliasson has used recycled metal.
This work is made up of a complex series of polyhedra that evokes the trajectory of a single point that twistsas it moves. It alludes not only to the connections between all of creation at an atomic level, but also the invisible time and reciprocal connections across things, the magnetic forces newly generated by human activities and lives. Formally, the spirals derive from a geometrical shape known as a Lissajous curve. Normally two-dimensional graphs of complex harmonic motion, these curves were translated into three dimensions and their frequencies were adjusted to create a range of dynamic shapes. These spirals were then constructed from repeating, space-filling modules, making them resemble the growth of crystals or of coral reefs. The module – a polyhedron with eleven faces, known as a hendecahedron – comprises rhombi, kites, and triangles.
Exhibition key visual
November Friday 24, 2023 - March Sunday 31, 2024
*Closed day: Monday, January 1, 2024
Azabudai Hills Gallery
(Azabudai Hills Garden Plaza A MBF, 5-8-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Friday/Saturday/Days preceding national holidays 10:00-20:00
Adults: 1,800 yen
University & college students & high school students: 1,200 yen
4 to junior high school students: 900 yen