Release of 12.05.2017

Olafur Eliasson and David Adjaye – Your black horizon Art Pavilion

10 Year Anniversary
TBA21, Olafur Eliasson and David Adjaye, Your black horizon Art Pavilion, Photo: Zoran Marinovic 2014

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Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) reopens Your black horizon, an internationally renowned cohabitation of art and architecture created by artist Olafur Eliasson and architect David Adjaye for its 10th anniversary on the Croatian island of Lopud on May 13, 2017.

Inaugurated in June 2005 at the 51st Venice Biennale, Your black horizon migrated to its current home on Lopud in 2007. The light receptive installation is the result of a permanent collaboration between Danish Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and the London-based architect David Adjaye. The two were commissioned by TBA21 to create an environment in which ephemeral visual phenomena and architectural space were envisioned as “an interlocking equation” where, from the start, disciplines were merged and both art and architecture were considered as one. 

An outdoor corridor introduces the visitor to the pavilion. Designed to slow the visitor’s journey, the ramped entrance becomes a focus of attention. Once inside the windowless, black space of the pavilion, a thin horizontal line of light serves as the primary light source. Directed through a narrow gap at eye level, it runs around the space. The installation is calibrated to the specific light conditions on Lopud, and from sunrise to sunset, the light changes color through a cyclic spectrum of a single day, imprinting a horizon line onto the back of viewers’ retinas and activating embedded memories of the natural horizon.

As visitors leave the pavilion, their own “black horizon” line is embedded on their retinas for a few more seconds, which is then projected onto the horizon that stretches between the neighboring islands of Sipan and Mljet. In this way, for a few moments, they become an integral part of the work.

Eliasson notes: “As visitors move from the entrance of the pavilion, to seeing natural daylight filtered through its louvers, to the passageway leading into the interior, they are brought into the dark space of Your black horizon, which later, as they leave, also connects to the world around them.

Adjaye adds: “With both artist and architect, this project has offered an unprecedented opportunity to (metaphorically) share the same studio and engage with one another, while responding to the specific site of the pavilion.

As visitors approach, the pavilion on Lopud materializes gradually as a natural stage set in a sloping landscape of cypress trees, cacti and olive groves. Its location invites a site-specific interaction between the installation and the Mediterranean terrain it inhabits. As visitors slowly climb the promenade from the sea to the place where the simple wooden construction stands, it’s possible to discern the traces of the subtle interventions that have allowed the new construction to coexist with the natural environment.

Francesca von Habsburg, founder and chairman of TBA21, states: “Your black horizon has proven to be a timeless installation that, even after a decade, engages and unsettles visitors. This unique collaboration between Eliasson and Adjaye remains a model of artistic and architectural engagement with a specific site, and within the contemporary social and political contexts of the Anthropocene, it continues to offer an disquieting perspective. 

With its distinctive location on Lopud, which is situated just a few nautical miles from the UNESCO world heritage city of Dubrovnik, it creates an exceptional site of interaction. The challenge was to make an intervention, which is not only integrated into the surrounding environment, but adds value to it. Embedded in Lopud’s rich Renaissance heritage and preserved nature, Your black horizon reveals unimaginable viewpoints and boundaries.


Founded in 2002 by Francesca von Habsburg in Vienna, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary represents the fourth generation of the Thyssen family’s commitment to the arts. TBA21’s unique collection is the result of its ongoing commitment to commissioning and disseminating multidisciplinary art projects that defy traditional categorisation, including large scale installations, sound compositions, endurance performances, and contemporary architecture. Since the foundation believes that art has the capacity to be a transformational force, it explores new modes of presentation that are intended to provoke and inspire change.


Olafur Eliasson

Your black horizon, 2005

LED lights (red, green, blue), daylight, control unit, aluminum, translucent acrylic, wood, Dimensions variable

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Vienna



Lopud Island, Croatia

(50 min from Dubrovnik by ferry)



The pavilion is open to the public

May 13–October 1,  2017

Daily from 10 am to 7 pm

Free admission

More details



Olafur Eliasson and David Adjaye

Your black horizon Art Pavilion

Edited by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 168 pages, full color, English, € 29


Location in Vienna

Upcoming exhibition


June  2–November 19, 2017

TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1a, 1020 Vienna, Austria

Wednesday and Thursday 12–5 pm

Friday to Sunday 12–7 pm

Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Free admission


Visitor Information

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary–Augarten

T +43 1 513 98 56-24



TBA21 Press Office

T +43 1 513 98 56-48


Supported by

This exhibition has been made possible with the generous support of the Vienna Insurance Group. As one of the leading insurance groups in Central and Eastern Europe, the Vienna Insurance Group, and its main shareholder, Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein, have been reliable sponsoring partners of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary and other cultural projects for many years. Numerous museums and galleries have insured their collections with Vienna Insurance Group. The main objective for cooperating with cultural institutions is to promote international exchange in the field of arts and culture.

With the consent of the City of Dubrovnik and support of Lopud Town Council. 

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