Olafur Eliasson : Contact

Past exhibition - From December 17th, 2014 to February 23rd, 2015

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Olafur Eliasson : Contact

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.


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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.


Olafur Eliasson

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.

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

The essential

From December 17th, 2014 to February 23rd, 2015

Your visit

Free downloadable visit application on your iOS and Android smartphone or available on loan at the welcome desk

Short tours: free and without reservation, duration 15 minutes, departures every 30 minutes, French

For your children: notebook of games for 7-12 year olds and iPad application Archi-moi for free download or available at the welcome desk


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

Exhibition catalogue

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Late Hours Collection Courtauld

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Friday 3 May 2019
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
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Family Festival - Friday

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Friday 10 May 2019
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
The Jardin d'Acclimatation and the Fondation Louis Vuitton
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Saturday 11 May 2019
10.30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
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