Publisher: Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz Verlag, in association with Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München, 2003
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113693
First edition, first and only printing. Hardcover. Photographically-illustrated laminated paper-covered boards, no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Olafur Eliasson. Unpaginated (96 pp.), with numerous four-color plates spanning the entire book, beautifully printed on heavy fine art paper by Dr. Cantz'sche Druckerei, Ostfildern-Ruit. 8-7/8 x 14-3/8 inches. Published on the occasion of the 2003 exhibition Sonne statt Regen at the Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München.
From the publisher: "Since the 1990s, Olafur Eliasson has been exploring cognitive and physical phenomena as we know them from the natural sciences and nature. He uses both technically sophisticated equipment and deceptively simple means such as water or light to create artificial landscapes and moments of perception that let viewers perceive or reenact natural phenomena. Their strongly atmospheric but entirely constructed nature makes viewers become painfully conscious of how far modern civilization has progressed from immediate experience; they question the acceptance of authenticity in the area of perception. This lavish, oversized book, published in an edition of only 1,500 copies and conceived in cooperation with the artist, features a series of landscape photographs by Eliasson from his native Iceland, exploring the limits and conventions of our traditional view of landscape. They show that our perception of nature has been fundamentally affected by cultural influences, memories, and expectations."