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New exhibition entitled “Time-sensitive activity” that opened at the Modern Art Museum Gebre Kristos Desta Center on Thursday February 27 offers an insightful glimpse into the works of Olafur Eliasson.
Eliasson, a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art is not new to Addis Ababa as he had done some artistic works here as well. The current exhibition has brought art works that he has developed locally as well as some of his older works that have gotten acknowledgment in other countries.
It is stated that the exhibition came through Olafur Eliasson’s long-term engagement with Ethiopia and, in particular, the city of Addis Ababa – a relationship that has intensified over the last decade. In 2012, Eliasson relocated his Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments), an experimental platform for arts education affiliated with the Berlin University of the Arts, to Addis Ababa for an intense programme of artistic exchange and educational collaboration.
Hosted by the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design at Addis Ababa University, the ten-week residency concluded in a three-day marathon of art events at Jan Meda Park. Eliasson continues to cultivate ties with Ethiopia through his activity as adjunct professor at the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design and through large-scale projects in public space.
For those that want to know about the art works, there is also a richly illustrated exhibition catalogue, produced through support of the Goethe-Institut in Addis Ababa, that will be available starting mid-March with contributions by professor Andreas Eshete, curator Elizabeth W. Giorgis, Olafur Eliasson, and the poets and artists Bekele Mekonnen and Mihret Kebede.
Since 1997, Olafur Eliasson’s critically acclaimed solo shows have appeared in major museums around the world, such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Tate Modern, London. Established in 1995, his Berlin studio today has about eighty craftsmen, architects, and art historians.
The exhibition will stay open for the public until April 15, 2015.