ExperienceOlafur Eliasson, with a text by Michelle Kuo

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An updated and expanded edition of the acclaimed in-depth monograph on one of the most influential artists of our time

Conceived in close collaboration with the artist, this updated survey tracks Eliasson's artistic practice from the 1990s to the present day, including recent exhibitions at Tate Modern, London (In real life, 2019) and the Beyeler Foundation, Basel (Life, 2021).

Through hundreds of illustrations bracketed by writings on and by Eliasson, this book provides an unparalleled overview of his remarkably accessible output, from such large-scale interactive experiences as The weather project at Tate Modern, London (2003) to smaller, more delicate works on paper or made of glass, and includes photography, painting, and film.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 305 × 238 mm (12 × 9 3/8 in)
  • Pages: 488 pp
  • Illustrations: 560 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838665685

Olafur Eliasson is an Icelandic-Danish artist whose works have been exhibited globally in institutions such as MoMA, Tate, and the Venice Biennale. He works and lives in Copenhagen and Berlin.

Michelle Kuo is the Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She was the Editor in Chief of Artforum International from 2010 to 2017 and has lectured and published widely, on the work of artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Anicka Yi, and Le Corbusier.

Anna Engberg-Pedersen directs research and communications at Studio Olafur Eliasson.

'An unparalleled insight into [Eliasson] and his work.' – The Sunday Times

'This weighty compendium of essays, interviews and mind-bending colour images spans three decades of innovation and experimentation.' – Aesthetica

'Succinctly brings the artist's myriad ideas, installations, architecture, performances, philosophies and philanthropies, (a catalogue of achievement difficult to express fully under one roof) together, under one, bright yellow cover.' – Wallpaper*

'An unparalleled overview of [Eliasson's] remarkable output.' – Aesthetica

"Olafur Eliasson's Reality Projector installation at the Marciano Art Foundation "is a smashing immersive environment guaranteed to elicit an immediate 'Oh, wow' from visitors"." – Los Angeles Times

'Olafur Eliasson injects his work with a universal conscience that catapults art outside of its normal confines and challenges the way we inhabit the world.' – The Art Story

'This monograph by the master of elemental art provides a concise career retrospective to date. From his famous installation The Weather Project (which drew an incredible two million visitors to Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in 2003-04) to equally monumental works including Waterfall which seemed to be suspended in the air above the ornamental lakes at the Palace of Versailles (2016), this book captures Eliasson's scale and vision. But there are also moments of surprising calm and delicacy – watercolours and works in glass reveal a lightness of touch that take the breath away in other, more subtle ways.' – Hole and Corner

'An unparalleled overview of [Eliasson's] remarkable output.' – Something Curated

'A journey in texts and especially in images on 440 pages summarizing 30 years of art to experience, to feel, to be within and not ... If Experience will be your first step in Eliasson's new alphabet where science meets mankind in a tangible way via arts, you will keep yourself amazed for hours and will find yourself surprisingly read it back frequently.' – Slow Words

'[Eliasson's] larger-than-life art installations remix the elements and shock the senses to provoke a reaction, physical as much as emotional, in the viewer.' – CNN style