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Icelandic Artist Wins MIT Award

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Icelandic Artist Wins MIT Award

Renowned Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson is the 2014 recipient of the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, as announced today. The award includes artist residency, a pop-up exhibitions, a public lecture and a USD 100,000 (EUR 72,500, ISK 12 million) prize.

olafur_eliasson_wikiPhoto: Wikipedia.

Ólafur is known for his public art projects and large scale installations. The artist was also among the designers of Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík.

harpa-lights01_goHarpa. Photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.

MIT Associate Provost and Ford International Professor of History Philip S. Khoury said in a statement: “MIT recognizes the broad reach of Ólafur Elíasson’s art practice, which extends the boundaries of our sensory perception and awareness about what art can do in the world.

His art is at once intellectually rigorous and socially aware. Elíasson’s collaborative approach to artistic creation will resonate in MIT’s culture, and we look forward to mutually productive interactions with faculty, students and researchers in the arts, science and technology during his visit to MIT in March 2014,” he said.

Ólafur will receive the award at a gala on March 13, 2014.

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