Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset (based in London and Berlin) have been working together since 1995. The duo create work in a wide range of media including performance, installation, sculpture and film – their work investigating the meaning of power within contemporary society with a view towards subversion. Decidedly humorous, the work of Elmgreen & Dragset is deeply informed by the very aesthetic which they strive to subvert; complicating any clear line between complicity and revolt. The undeniable attractiveness and timeliness of their presentations has led to recent large-scale projects including: Van Gogh’s Ear, Public Art Fund, Rockefeller Center, New York (2016), Biography, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo (2014) and Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (2014); Tomorrow, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2013); The Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London (2012); The Collectors, Danish and Nordic Pavilions, 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).
Text courtesy Taka Ishii Gallery.
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Subversive humor is at the heart of Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset’s widely divergent contemporary works that often include the transformation of architectural spaces and sculpture. The Scandinavian duo met in the mid-nineties at a nightclub in Copenhagen, lived together for a decade, and still collaborate today from their respective...
The sculptures of artist-collaborators and former lovers Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have always reflected upon the company they keep, from the biennial circuit to the art fair jet-set, casting the rarified culture industry in a queer, satirical light.
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Scandinavian art duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have become masters of the architectural installation over the past 13 years, picking up critical acclaim and international gallery shows as they go. Their work is characterised by presenting a familiar space in a different context.
Artists see the world differently from everyone else. And the Scandinavian duo known as Elmgreen & Dragset have a particularly distinctive and skewed take on what the public sphere should look like.
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