Your black horizon Art Pavilion

Your black horizon Art Pavilion reveals new interpretations of the Mediterranean landscape as it is entwined in Lopud's rich Renaissance heritage and preserved natural surroundings. It is nested in a sloping terrain of cypress trees, cacti, and olive groves.

This location encourages interaction between the installation and the Mediterranean environment it inhabits because of its inviting atmosphere.

In 2001, The Pavilion found its home on the island of Lopud, which is comprised of a sloping terrain covered in cypress trees, cacti, and olive groves.


  • Gain an understanding of the beginning:

The interdisciplinary project Art Pavilion by Olafur Eliasson and David Adjaye was commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary to combine the fields of art and architecture into an 'interlocking equation' in which fleeting visual appearance and architectural formulations coexist. Olafur Eliasson and David Adjaye designed the art Pavilion.

  • The Pavilion combines art and architecture to provide a truly unforgettable experience through the use of precise light calibrations:

This project offers a unique opportunity where the artist and architect share the same studio (albeit metaphorically) to engage, respond to one another, and respond to the site.

  • Both the pavilion and the horizon work with sequentiality and light:

The visitor moves from the pavilion's entrance to see daylight filtered through its louvers into the passageway leading into the interior, which brings one into the black space.

  • The optical illusion consists of the creation of a horizon line that is inverted:

Visitors can become a part of the artwork momentarily by adding their own personal 'black horizon' line, which is imprinted on their retinas for a brief period after they leave the pavilion and extends along the horizon between the nearby islands of Sipan and Mljet.

The light changes color through a cyclic spectrum of a single day, from sunrise to sunset, leaving an imprint of a horizon line on the back of the viewers' retinas and activating their memory of the natural horizon.

This light has been adjusted to account for the distinct lighting conditions on Lopud.

  • Participate in ongoing exhibitions:

The Exhibition is a part of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Limited Edition Art Pavilions, which rotate hosting one-of-a-kind, specially commissioned works of art created specifically for the location at which they are displayed.

  • imageDuration Required
    2 hours

Address of Your black horizon Art Pavilion

Lopud, Croatia

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