Olafur Eliasson

June 30, 2008–February 9, 2009

Over the past 15 years, Danish-Iceland Olafur Eliasson has experimented with installations based on mechanisms of motion, projection, shadow, and reflection, creating complex optical phenomena using simple, makeshift technical devices. Take your time is a monumental installation, whose large-scale, immersive environments shift the viewer's perception and experience of place and self. A circular mirror, 40 feet in diameter and weighing 1,000 pounds, is mounted to the ceiling at an angle, rotating at one revolution per minute. The installation destabilizes viewer's perception of space as they pass beneath it.

The piece was made specifically for P.S.1's Third Floor Main Gallery as part of the artist's first comprehensive retrospective in the United States, Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, on view at MoMA and P.S.1 from April 20 until June 30, 2008.


Take your time: Olafur Eliasson was circulated by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and organized there by Madeleine Grynsztejn. At The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center the exhibition was expanded, and its organization and installation were overseen by Roxana Marcoci and Klaus Biesenbach.

Lead support was provided by Helen and Charles Schwab and the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund. Generous support was provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and SFMOMA's Collectors Forum.

Additional support was provided by Patricia and William Wilson III, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The New York showing is made possible by the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund.

Additional funding is provided by Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Danish Ministry of Culture, and Skagen Designs.