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The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA Ocula Report The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA 18 Jan 2019 : Perwana Nazif for Ocula

The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (9 December 2018–23 June 2019) is billed as the first comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organised by a U.S. museum, with around 240 works—including decorative objects, textiles, photographs, and historical works from the museum's own collection of Sri Lankan...

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Ellen Pau Ocula Conversation Ellen Pau Artist

A radiographer by training, Ellen Pau is a self-taught artist who emerged from Hong Kong's fledgling contemporary art scene of the late 1980s, when video was a comparatively nascent medium. In 1986, Pau co-founded Videotage—a non-profit organisation that specialises in the promotion and preservation of video and new media art. Pau has an...

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Singapore Art Week: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Singapore Art Week: Exhibitions to See 18 Jan 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

S.E.A. Focus, the new boutique art fair by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, will take centre stage during this year's Singapore Art Week (19–27 January 2019). Running between 24 and 27 January 2019, 26 galleries will participate in the inaugural edition, showcasing modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art within a pop-up structure in...

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Elmgreen & Dragset

b. 1995, Denmark

Collaborating since 1997, artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset (Elmgreen & Dragset) have actively challenged and reshaped contemporary ideas about the viewing and experiencing of art. Wit and subversive humour almost always accompany their works, as evident in Prada Marfa (2005), which saw the artists place a fake Prada store in the middle of a Texas desert town, and the large sculpture Van Gogh’s Ear (2016), which rendered the legendary ear using a domestic swimming pool. ‘The noblest role of art’, in the words of the artists, is ‘to reject responsibility, to exist beyond any logic, to not just be reduced to becoming a reaction to something else.’ 
 
Elmgreen & Dragset often seek to challenge the status quo of the art world while maintaining their signature humour. Entering the art world in the 1990s as ’outsiders’—with no academic background in art—the duo confronted the convention of the white cube literally by designing gallery spaces suspended from the ceiling, sunken into the ground or turned upside down. The transformation of these galleries was not simply whimsical; they also sought to reconfigure the rules that have dictated and continue to dictate the experience of art. 
 
The transformation of conventional space is as integral to Elmgreen & Dragset’s practice as the objects they may put in the space. In their 2015 show Aéroport Mille Plateaux, the duo transformed PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, into an airport. With chairs commonly found in airports and playbacks of announcements for arrivals and cancelled flights, the space dictated the experience and behaviour of its visitors. Through the transformation, the duo explored the interchangeability of institutional architecture.
 
Elmgreen & Dragset have also demonstrated their prowess as artist-curators on several occasions. At the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, in an unprecedented merging of two national pavilions, Elmgreen & Dragset curated the Danish and Nordic Pavilions as a single exhibition. Titled The Collectors, the exhibitions invited more than 20 artists and designers from the two respective countries to fill the homes of fictional art collectors. In transforming an otherwise competitive event into one of participation and intimacy, the duo subverted art world convention once more. Similarly, for their first exhibition in mainland China at the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, they turned the institution’s great hall into the site of an art fair. Presenting a selection of over 80 of their works from the past two decades, The Well Fair (2016) continued the artists’ longstanding interest in merging spaces to critique conventions of the art world. Each booth of the fair addressed larger sociocultural problems such as childhood and identity, while the fictive setting of the fair subverted the social hierarchy of artists and artworks found in commercial art fairs. Their success was further recognized by their appointment as the curators for the 15th Istanbul Biennial in 2017.
 
Based in Berlin, Elmgreen & Dragset have exhibited at numerous venues including Museum Haus Lange, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany (2017); Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2016); Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (2014); Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2013–2014); Tate Modern, London (2004); and Kunsthalle Zürich (2001). In 2000, they were nominated for the Hugo Boss Prize, in 2002 they won the Preis der Nationalgalerie at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, and in 2009 they were awarded Special Mention at that year's Venice Biennale for their effort as curators. 

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2017
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Featured Artworks

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Queer Round Bar (TBC) by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork Elmgreen & DragsetQueer Round Bar (TBC), 2018 Corian, MDF, stainless steel, beer taps, stools
Kukje Gallery
bottle shelf (TBC) by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork Elmgreen & Dragsetbottle shelf (TBC), 2018 Corian, glass, Plexiglass, LED, aluminium, stainless steel
Kukje Gallery
Human Scale (Zero) by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork Elmgreen & DragsetHuman Scale (Zero), 2018 Aluminium, lacquer, polyurethane, mirror-polished stainless steel
179.3 x 80 x 82 cm
Perrotin
Queer Bar (oval)/ Powerless Structures, Fig. 221 by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork Elmgreen & DragsetQueer Bar (oval)/ Powerless Structures, Fig. 221, 2018 Corian, MDF, stainless steel, beer taps, stools
113 x 375 x 220 cm
Perrotin
Single Diving Board by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork Elmgreen & DragsetSingle Diving Board, 2018 MDF, PVC, aluminium, stainless steel
220 x 48 x 32 cm
Perrotin
Triple Diving Board by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork Elmgreen & DragsetTriple Diving Board, 2018 MDF, PVC, aluminium, stainless steel
220 x 48 x 32 cm
Perrotin

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Elmgreen & Dragset, Elmgreen & Dragset at Kukje Gallery, Seoul
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21 March–28 April 2019 Elmgreen & Dragset Elmgreen & Dragset Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Elmgreen & Dragset, Elmgreen & Dragset at Perrotin, Paris
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13 October–22 December 2018 Elmgreen & Dragset Elmgreen & Dragset Perrotin, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Roppongi New Space Inaugural Exhibition: 'MOVED' at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
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21 October–19 November 2016 Group Exhibition Roppongi New Space Inaugural Exhibition: 'MOVED' Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

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Philip Tinari talks about Elmgreen & Dragset's 'The Well Fair' at UCCA, Beijing Ocula Insight Philip Tinari talks about Elmgreen & Dragset's 'The Well Fair' at UCCA, Beijing 26 January 2016

Since taking up the role of director at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing in 2011, Philip Tinari has increasingly become known as one of the leading experts on contemporary Chinese art. UCCA is one of the most important non-profit art institutions in China, and Tinari manages an exhibition programme dedicated to promoting both...

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Elmgreen & Dragset Ocula Conversation Elmgreen & Dragset Artists, Scandinavia

The influential powers of the art market; its hierarchies and trends, provide the stage and spotlight that determines a contemporary artist’s career. Danish and Norwegian artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, aka Elmgreen & Dragset, have utilised these art world systems to their advantage, fuelling their practice and...

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Elmgreen & Dragset Ocula Conversation Elmgreen & Dragset Artists, Scandinavia

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...

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In Related Press

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Don’t Step on the Starfish: Elmgreen & Dragset at FIAC Related Press Don’t Step on the Starfish: Elmgreen & Dragset at FIAC The New York Times : 17 October 2018

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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Elmgreen & Dragset Will Present Major Artwork At This French Art Fair In October Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset Will Present Major Artwork At This French Art Fair In October Harper's Bazaar : 15 August 2018

Artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset (Danish Michael Elmgreen and Norweigan Ingar Dragset) exhibit widely across the globe, and have shows lined up in Portugal, France, the UK and the USA this year and next.

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The Istanbul Biennial Examines the Tricky Question of What Makes a “Good Neighbor” Related Press The Istanbul Biennial Examines the Tricky Question of What Makes a “Good Neighbor” Hyperallergic : 31 October 2017

In the months leading up to the 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial, posters — hung in windows alongside 'For Rent' signs and pasted next to broadsides advertising concerts began asking the city's residents some very personal questions:Is a good neighbor someone you rarely see? Is a good neighbor richer or poorer than you? Is a good...

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In Conversation With Elmgreem & Dragset Related Press In Conversation With Elmgreem & Dragset Bazaar : 15 September 2017

The Danish-Norwegian artist duo have been challenging notions of power through their multidisciplinary work since they first emerged in 1995. They've now taken on the curation of this year's Istanbul Biennial. Maria Marques speaks to them in Istanbul.In the winter of 2012, an unusual figure joined the austere statues in London's Trafalgar Square....

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