Art Pavilion at Lopud Island, Croatia
Your black horizon, a remarkable light installation by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, was commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary and inaugurated in June 2005 as an official project at the 51st Venice Biennale of Visual Arts.
London-based architect David Adjaye was engaged to work in close collaboration with Eliasson and to conceive an environment in which art and architecture were from the outset considered as one, “an interlocking equation”.
Artist and architect shared the same, metaphorical, studio to engage to one another and to respond to the site specified for the pavilion. It is this relationship, one of engagement and response, and a constant revision of prescribed boundaries between disciplines, that Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary aspires to encourage on a broad and courageous scale.
This distinctive location allows the artist and architect to test the conceptual program of the project: to develop art and the spaces for art in a binary process and with respect for the site they inhabit. Embedded in a historic context, Lopud’s rich Renaissance heritage and lively tourist development, the pavilion is a model for art destination travel and contemporary interventions.The challenge is to make a portable and temporary museum which sits comfortably in its surrounding natural site. More info about Lopud art project is here