Ólafur Elíasson, A View Becomes A Window, © Ólafur Elíasson, Ivorypress.
From 23 September 2021, the Neues Museum in Berlin will exhibit the artist’s book “A View Becomes a Window” by Danish artist Ólafur Elíasson in the Niobiden Hall. The filigree work, consisting entirely of glass pages, will be turned over in public screenings for the museum’s visitors at the start of this special presentation. The artist created the work on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the publishing house Ivorypress, which is presenting it in cooperation with the Egyptian Museum and the Papyrus Collection – National Museums in Berlin in the Neues Museum on Museum Island.
The leather-bound book contains glass sheets of varying colour, quality and translucency instead of paper pages. Its portrait format is reminiscent of that of an atlas and is literally full of illuminations: Light is reflected, refracted and guided by the glass pages. When the pages are turned, the different layers of coloured glass create complex reflections. The experience is further enhanced by the use of colour-effect filter glass on the first and last pages. Due to the hard cover, these pages act as mirrors. When exposed to light, they then appear transparent and create a dichromatic effect by reflecting light in the complementary colour to that of the glass.
In the Niobiden Hall of the Neues Museum, which houses the “Library of Antiquity” with numerous valuable papyri, Ólafur Elíasson’s book finds its ideal exhibition venue and, as a symbol of art and literature, enters into an impressive dialogue with the works of ancient Egyptian to late antique written culture.
The presentation on Berlin’s Museum Island is part of a multi-institutional tour of the book, which is being shown in internationally renowned museums and libraries to mark the 25th anniversary of Ivorypress. Other institutions include the National Library of Spain, the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University, the British National Library, the Centre for Cultural Initiatives at the University of Seville, Ivorypress Space in Madrid, Kettle’s Yard at Cambridge University, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao, the Chillida-Leku Museum in Hernani, the Lázaro Galdiano Museum in Madrid, the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the University Library in California, the Warburg Institute in London and the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven.
Ólafur Elíasson (born 1967 in Copenhagen) studied at the Royal Academy of the Arts in Copenhagen and achieved international fame through his architectural and large-scale projects in public space. He represented Denmark at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and has since exhibited his works in numerous international museums. His works are part of private and public collections, such as those of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles or the Tate Modern in London, where he has shown the work “The Weather Project”. Elíasson lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen.
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Thursday, 23. September 2021 – Sunday, 16. January 2022
At the start of the special presentation, the filigree artist’s book will be turned over for visitors in public screenings on Thu, 23 September 2021 (3 p.m. + 4 p.m.) and Fri, 24 September 2021 (10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. + 12:30 p.m.).