Olafur Eliasson – BAROQUE BAROQUE
Sternberg Press, 2015


Accompanying the ambitious exhibition BAROQUE BAROQUE at the Winter Palace (Vienna), the catalogue examines some of the trajectories and thought experiments raised by the encounter between Olafur Eliasson’s artworks and the baroque, both physically and conceptually. It proposes a reading of Eliasson’s art in the midst of (historical and metaphorical) figures such as Leibniz, Lacan, Loyola, Prince Eugene of Savoy, and baroque apparatuses such as the mirror, the crystal palace, and the cabinet of curiosities – thus contextualizing the exhibition within a discourse particularly rich in innovations, paradoxes, distortions, and exaggerations. The mirroring of ideas and practices infinitizes the optical tensions present in the exhibition and offers a fresh view on the baroque as well as the contemporary altogether.
Before this backdrop, the various voices assembled in this publication untangle questions around how transformations of space, perception and cognition reflect the realms of politics, technology, baroque theater, and the Anthropocene.
Book orders
Sternberg Press
December 2015, English/German
23 x 34 cm, 272 pages
ISBN 978-3-95679-213-7
Edited by
Agnes Husslein-Arco / Belvedere and
Francesca Habsburg and Daniela Zyman / TBA21
Texts by
Mario Codognato, Irmgard Emmelhainz, Paul Feigelfeld, Georg Lechner, Sandra Noeth, Mirjam Schaub, and Daniela Zyman. Photography by Anders Sune Berg.
Concept and editorial
Daniela Zyman and Franziska Sophie Wildförster
Design by
John McCusker and Hendrike Nagel