• Olafur Eliasson, Dust particle, 2014

  • Olafur Eliasson, Bridge from the future, 2014

  • Olafur Eliasson, Big Bang Fountain, 2014

  • Olafur Eliasson, Contact, 2014

  • Olafur Eliasson, Map for unthought thoughts, 2014

  • Olafur Eliasson, Touch, 2014

  • Olafur Eliasson, Double infinity, 2014 (detail)

  • Olafur Eliasson, Parallax planet, 2014

Olafur Eliasson : ContactFrom December 17th, 2014 to February 23rd, 2015


Contact can be a greeting, a smile, the feeling of another person’s hand in your hand. 


To be in contact is to be in touch with the good things in life as well as with the difficult things in life.


Contact is not a picture, it is not a representation; it is about your ability to reach out, connect, and perhaps even put yourself in another person’s place. 


For me, contact is where inclusion begins.

Olafur Eliasson quote

Conceived specifically for Fondation Louis Vuitton, the artworks in Olafur Eliasson: Contact appear as a sequence of events along a journey. Moving through passageways and expansive installations, visitors become part of a choreography of darkness, light, geometry, and reflections.


Along the way, optical devices, models, and a meteorite reflect Eliasson’s on-going investigations into the mechanisms of perception and the construction of space. The exhibition addresses the relations between body, movement, and the sense of self, between people and their surroundings.





Opening hours from (outside school holidays)

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 12 a.m to 7 p.m.

Friday late-night opening 12 a.m to 11 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Closed Tuesdays

Opening hours from 14 february to 1 march (school holidays)

Every day 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday late-night opening 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Ticket prices

The entrance ticket to the Fondation includes access to the Jardin d'Acclimatation.




Born in 1967, Olafur Eliasson grew up in Iceland and Denmark. His artworks – including sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installation – have been exhibited throughout the world.

Not limited to the museum and gallery context, his practice engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects and interventions in civic space. In this way, Eliasson strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large.


Studio Olafur Eliasson, Berlin, comprises architects, craftsmen, specialised technicians, archivists, administrators, art historians, web and graphic designers, film-makers, and cooks.



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Download the free app by Olafur Eliasson,Your exhibition guide, 2014, from the App Store or Google Play for iOS and Android devices. 

The app was conceived by Eliasson while developing Olafur Eliasson: Contact and shares many of the concerns central to the exhibition. In eleven brief films, Eliasson addresses the viewer directly: How does it feel to break with habitual patterns of vision? What if the artworks weren’t art? What can be achieved by a radical shift in perspective?

In English, French, and German.




Events in and around the exhibition


An evening with Olafur Eliasson - Auditorium - Friday 01/23/2015 at 7:30 pm


To complement the exhibition Olafur Eliasson: Contact, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has organised an evening panel discussion bringing together the artist Olafur Eliasson, the film director Claire Denis and the exhibition curators, Laurence Bossé and Hans Ulrich Obrist and the philosopher Michel Bitbol, Director of Research at CNRS, Centre of Research in Applied Epistemology at the Polytechnique School.

The discussion is in English and it is translated (free earphones are given at the entrance).

It is followed by a poetry recital with Cia Rinne. The poetry is not translated.

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SCREENINGS AND CONCERTS at the Fondation, saturday 14th and sunday 15th of february 2015.

A program proposed by Olafur Eliasson


- saturday february 14th at 7:30 pm

Screening of Claire Denis' film

Concert: Kosminen and Bye perform a concert that draws power from their shared background in cinematic, visual soundscapes.


- Sunday february 15th at 5:30 pm

Screening of Claire Denis' film

Concert : Elemental II of Eliane Radigue (2004), solo of electric basse composed for and performed by Kasper Toeplitz

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Exhibition catalogue

Olafur Eliasson: Contact, designed by Irma Boom, with contributions by Peter Coles, Caroline Jones, Bruno Latour, Cia Rinne, Richard Sennett, and a conversation between the artist, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Laurence Bossé. Published by Flammarion, in French and English editions. 200 pages.


Never Known but Is the Knower

Published by the Institut für Raumexperimente on the occasion of Olafur Eliasson: Contact, the book includes a lecture given by philosopher Michel Bitbol at the Institut and includes drawings made by Eliasson during the development of the exhibition. 

Little Sun Fondation Louis Vuitton

On the occasion of this exhibition, Olafur Eliasson and Fondation Louis Vuitton have produced a special limited edition of Little Sun Fondation Louis Vuitton lamp.

Little Sun is a social business and global project founded by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen to get clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.2 billion people in the world living in off-grid areas without electricity.

A thousand numbered pieces are available at the Fondation bookshop, along with a signed certificate.



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