Danish-Icelandic artist selected for 2012 Cultural Olypiad

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Olafur Eliasson has been commissioned to present a visual arts project at the cultural festival that will be part of the London 2012 Olympics celebrations.

Olafur Eliasson has been commissioned to present a visual arts project at the cultural festival that will be part of the London 2012 Olympics celebrations.

Mr Eliasson is among the leading artists in the first group of commissions for the 12-week festival that will be the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.

The line-up of events includes exhibitions devoted to David Hockney and Lucian Freud, a contemporary art commission by Rachel Whiteread, a new film by Mike Leigh, music from ex-Blur frontman Damon Albarn and a project featuring film star Cate Blanchett with the Sydney Theatre Company.

Ruth Mackenzie, director of the Cultural Olympiad, said the festival, which will run from June to September 2012, would offer ‘a once in a lifetime chance to be inspired by the best in the world’.
 
Ms Mackenzie described the unveiling of the 2012 arts programme as a ‘tease’ for the full festival announcement next year. Tickets for all the events will go on sale next October.

‘We promised the cultural and educational programme would be as unforgettably brilliant as the sporting one, and now we have to deliver,’ she said.

Olafur Eliasson was born in 1967 in Copenhagen of Icelandic parentage. He has made many major solo exhibitions in leading museums and galleries around the world, including the highly successful Weather Project in the Unilever Series at Tate Modern in London in 2003. He lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin.

Weather project
Olafur Eliasson's Weather Project at Tate Modern in London in 2003.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Embassy of Denmark, London

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