Installations

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Art installations are three-dimensional works of art that are meant to transform the viewer’s perception of space. They fall under an artistic genre of contemporary art and can be temporary or permanent, often designed to become an alternative reflection to more traditional art forms.

Art installations gained initial traction in the 1970s, with the ranks of Kurt Schwitters and Marcel Duchamp at the forefront of this contemporary art genre. With engineering elements incorporated into the art, these works transform into an immersive experience the viewer could enjoy in both physical and visual sense.

Christo - Big Air Package, 2010, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 2010-2013

Christo’s Big Air Package – The world’s most massive sculpture

From the wrapped Reichstag to the Gates in Central Park, New York, Christo knows the scores in the art scene. In many projects, Christo worked with his late wife Jeanne Claude until the Big Air Package, the first installation since her death. Background The Big Air Package became the second project by Christo to feature […]

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Phillip K. Smith’s colorful Skybridge transforms Detroit’s skyline

In Larned, Detroit, a towering bridge connects two skyscrapers. It’s a bridge that strikes from afar with its extraordinary grace. It combines the vintage-styled Guarding building and the iconic One Woodward. Soaring in the 16th floors of the buildings, it illuminates the street with its dancing and moving colors. The Skybridge is a rare project

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The story behind Walter de Maria’s impressive Lightning Field

The Lightning Field created by sculptor Walter De Maria is today celebrated as one of the 20th century’s most noteworthy installations of land art. As one of the seminal artists and the founding fathers of land art, Walter De Maria completely revolutionized how audiences perceived art, especially during the 1960s, when the land art movement

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Olafur Eliasson – Your rainbow panorama, 2006-2011, glass in all the colors of the spectrum, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark

You make Olafur Eliasson’s rainbow come alive

Olafur Eliasson is one of Scandinavia’s most-renown artists and holds significant influence in the global creative industry. Unlike many other his other works, Your Rainbow Panorama is a permanent installation and became a defining piece of his career. Visitors can access the building’s rooftop and get this large glass walkway formed in the color spectrum.

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Janet Cardiff’s 40 Part Motet – Reviving a 500 year old masterpiece

Can you imagine the sound effect that will be produced by a whopping 40 loudspeakers placed in an empty room? Now imagine that this room is designed to overlook a garden? This is the Forty Part Motet art marvel, which was created and installed by Janet Cardiff. Made in 2001, the Forty Part Motet is

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Allora & Calzadilla’s Chalk – What would you do with it?

The two Puerto Rico-based artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have worked together to make captivating artworks. Allora and Calzadilla are known for their interactive art pieces in public, often addressing social and political issues and engaging questions of history, geopolitics, and culture. Collaborating since 1995, most of their artworks combine video, performances, sound art and

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These are some of Yasuaki Onishi’s most impressive works

Japanese artist Onishi Yasuaki is well-known for his ethereal art installations, paintings and sculptures that he creates using a mix of materials. Born in 1979 in Osaka, the artist has been at the forefront of creating new forms and inspiring a sense of awe, etherealism, and thoughtfulness with his work. He credits his inspiration to

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Olafur Eliasson’s fascinating colorful haze installation in Beijing

Feelings Are Facts was created as a result of a collaboration between Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and Beijing-based architect Ma Yansong of MAD studio. Feelings Are Facts was constructed within one of the rooms at the UCCA galleries. It measured approximately 60m by 20m and featured a moderately slanted floor that progressively became steeper at

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Why was Tracey Emin’s bed a shock to the audience?

Tracey Emin’s work has always been shrouded in revelation and discovery, where she uses her real-life events as the inspiration for her works. So far, her art has become varied to include video installations, paintings, drawings, neon sculptures, photography, and even needlework. Emin’s work is characterized by an imminence and frequently sexually challenging boldness that

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Yayoi Kusama & Pumpkins – What you should know

A life without art would be soundless, tasteless, and shapeless; essentially, an abyss. A life without art would be dull because art is beneath the structure of everything and anything that matters. No one recognizes its fundamental need to society and audiences more than artist Yayoi Kusama does. The global success of Kusama Yayoi Kusama

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What happens in Cyprien Gaillard’s Nightlife?

Cyprien Gaillard is known for creating work that interconnects history and nature, as well as humankind’s connection to both. In particular, Gaillard is known for exploring the beauty of failure and the natural collapse of things in general, and in particular, only deeply interested in ruins. His work spans numerous mediums, including etching, performance art

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Fischli & Weiss: The groundbreaking way things go

Peter Fischli and David Weiss are two Swiss artists that have made some of the most significant, most unanticipated and funniest artworks of their generation. The Swiss duo, Fischli and Weiss’s celebrated film The Way Things Go had a remarkable influence on the way artists, curators and audiences approached and interpreted art in relation to

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Thomas Hirschhorn filled entire museum with garbage

Thomas Hirschhorn has grown to become one of the most recognizable leading artists in the global contemporary art world. He gained fame in the 1990s thanks to his space-filling massive collages that were created from disposable materials. Influence & background Thomas Hirschhorn was born in Switzerland in 1957. Originally trained as a graphic designer, his

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Olafur Eliasson’s Meditated Motion – A pond in a museum

Throughout his career, Olafur Eliasson has participated in a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions worldwide. His works have been displayed in numerous private and public collections all over the world, including the Guggenheim Museum as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, just to name a few. Eliasson always includes his audience as

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