Elmgreen & Dragset

Staging Spaces

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Thursday 15 October 2015
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 82 mins

Michael Elmgreen (born 1961 in Copenhagen, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (born 1969 in Trondheim, Norway), based in Berlin and London, have worked together as an artist duo since 1995. They have held nu- merous solo exhibitions in art institutions worldwide, including the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (2014); Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2014); Victoria and Albert Museum in London (2013), Museum Boij- mans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (2011), ZKM Museum of Modern Art in Karlsruhe (2010), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2009), The Power Plant in Toronto (2006), Serpentine Gallery (2006) and Tate Modern (2004) in London, and Kunsthalle Zürich (2001). Their work has been included in the Liverpool (2012), Singapore (2011), Moscow (2011, 2007), Gwangju (2002), São Paulo (2002), Istanbul (2013, 2001), and Berlin (1998) biennials, and in 2009 they received a special mention for their exhibition “The Collectors” in the Nordic and Danish Pavilions at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Amongst their most well known works are “Prada Marfa” (2005) – a full scale replica of a Prada boutique in the middle of the Texan desert, and “Short Cut” (2003) – a car and a caravan breaking through the ground which was first shown in Milan and now resides in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.


Elmgreen & Dragset’s winning Fourth Plinth Commission “Powerless Structures, Fig. 101” – depicting a child astride his rocking horse – was on view in 2012–2013 in Trafalgar Square, London and in 2013 they curated an extensive public art program in Munich entitled “A Space Called Public / Hoffentlich Öffentlich”. Their exhibition series “Biography” took place in 2014-2105 at the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo and the SMK – National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen.


Image: Installation (detail). Courtesy the Artists and Victoria Miro, London. © Elmgreen & Dragset. Photography: Anders Sune Berg



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