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The Colour Spectrum Series 2005

Olafur Eliasson (born 1967, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Olafur Eliasson studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen from 1989-95. In 2003 he represented Denmark at the Venice Biennale and exhibited The weather project at Tate Modern, London. Eliasson works in a diverse range of media encompassing site-specific installation, large-scale immersive environments, sculpture and photography. Natural phenomena, landscape, atmospheric conditions and the environment are running themes in Eliasson’s work. The colour spectrum series is a visual statement that directly references colour and light. The eye of the viewer journeys from black to black through a progression of the colours that are produced in the visible light spectrum. Eliasson’s concern with the nature and structure of his subject matter demonstrates a conceptual approach to the Modernist concerns highlighted by the landscape based abstractions of Ben Nicholson, William Gear and Peter Lanyon; artists whose work lie at the core of the Pier Art Centre’s Collection.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Niels Borch Jensen Galerie, Berlin, 2005
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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