Experience Olafur Eliasson’s Riverbed

This summer, Olafur Eliasson brings his monumental site-specific installation, Riverbed (2014) to the southern hemisphere for the first time. One hundred tonnes of material will span the ground floor of Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA); transforming it into a vast ‘post-apocalyptic’ landscape of rocks, soil and streaming water, which en-masse addresses themes of sustainability and climate change.

Eliasson also questions the traditional role of the museum and the relationship between artist, building and viewer. By exploring the process of inhabiting space, Eliasson draws our attention away from the walls and encourages us to explore the artwork; literally.

Part of ‘Water’, a major exhibition featuring over 40 works exploring the cultural, ecological and political significance of water, on show from 7 December to 26 April 2020.

Olafur Eliasson, Riverbed (detail), 2014, site-specific installation pictured: The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark. Photograph: Iwan Baan. Courtesy the artist, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane