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Viewing Olafur Eliasson at Fondation Beyeler, Basel

It’s hard to think of a living artist more dedicated to engaging the senses than the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. His large-scale installation art, ranging from artificial waterfalls, scent tunnels, yellow mist and rivers dyed fluorescent green, invites us to smell, touch, hear and feel. It also challenges notions of art and nature and our perception of our lived environment.

Life, a new immersive artwork and solo show at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, is no different. The artificially green pond, which spans the museum’s galleries and garden, activates all the senses. As you meander through the installation day or night (yes, Life has extended opening hours), you’ll encounter wildlife, flora and fauna, possible weather changes, museum visitors and the ambient sounds of insects, traffic and other people. Which, of course, makes you stop and take note of your environment.

‘Life asks what it means to be human,’ explains Eliasson in a short online video, ‘while recognising other agencies that surround us.’
This is immersive art at its best but if you’re not able to travel, browse the very comprehensive multi-media presentation dedicated to the work online. Enjoy podcasts, videos, detailed info panels and more.

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Dates
18 April 2021 — 11 July 2021
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Viewing Online Exhibition from The Walt Disney Family Museum

‘The natural resources of our vast continent are not inexhaustible,’ said Walt Disney, the American animator whose enchanting stories continue to delight audiences around the world today. ‘But if we will use our riches wisely, if we will protect our wildlife and preserve our lakes and streams, these things will last us for generations to come.’

As well as being a renowned entertainer, Disney was a dedicated conservationist. His pioneering True-Life Adventures series celebrated the importance and diversity of the natural world, paving the way for the modern nature documentary.

In celebration of Earth Day (22 April 2021), The Walt Disney Family Museum presents Conserving the Magic of Our Planet, a virtual community exhibition featuring art submitted by the public inspired by Walt’s passion for stories based on our natural world and his commitment to the protection of our planet.

There will be more than 180 works on ‘virtual’ display, spanning photography, film, digital art, painting, collage and drawing. With zoom and 360º functions, you can get closer to the works than you could IRL.

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Dates
22 April 2021
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Viewing Ryoji Ikeda at 180 Studios, The Strand

This new immersive Ryoji Ikeda exhibition, the largest of the artist’s work ever staged, takes you on a sensory journey through 180 Studio’s labyrinthine spaces. Plunged into Ikeda’s dynamic digital universe, you’ll encounter 12 hypnotic artworks exploring light and sound, five of which are on display for the first time in the UK.

Highlights include never-seen-before installations such as point of no return, which creates a virtual experience likened to entering a black hole; and spectra III, a tunnel of strobe lighting that was first exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

After months of virtual viewing, this multi-sensory show is a timely reminder of how much more enriching (and exciting) art can be when encountered IRL. Just remember to book online in advance!

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Dates
20 May 2021 — 01 August 2021
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