Olafur Eliasson Wins Joan Miró Prize
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chosen artist Olafur Eliasson for his outstanding contribution to
current art practices. The Joan MirÃ³ Prize, organized by the FundaciÃ³
Joan MirÃ³ in Barcelona and sponsored by the FundaciÃ³ Caixa Girona,
comes with a cash award of 70,000 â¬.
The Prize award ceremony will be held in the auditorium of the
FundaciÃ³ Joan MirÃ³ on May 16, 2007, with jury members and the winning
artist all present. During the event a trophy will be awarded. The
trophy, specially designed by AndrÃ© Ricard, is made of titanium and
takes its inspiration from natural forms.
Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist born in Copenhagen in
1967. His work revolves around the study of sensory perception, the
laws of physics, and natural phenomena. He uses different media, but
his most remarkable works are his site-specific sculptural
installations. His treatment of light, water, ice or clouds in the
spaces he works in allude to his origins: the landscape of Iceland. The
complexity and diversity of his works have turned him into a key figure
in the current cultural scene.
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