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Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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b. 1995, Denmark

Elmgreen & Dragset Biography

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. 

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, WHO AM I, Tang Contemporary, Beijing (14 March–30 April 2020). Courtesy Tang Contemporary.

Elmgreen & Dragset Featured Artworks

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Reversed Crucifix by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetReversed Crucifix, 2016Aluminium, white matte lacquer, patinated bronze figure on stainless steel, MDF, high-gloss lacquer cross
254 x 168 x 40 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Enquire about this work
A Resting Position by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetA Resting Position, 2019White marble, aluminium, lacquer
84 x 32.5 x 37 cm
Kukje Gallery Enquire about this work
Human Scale (Zero) by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetHuman Scale (Zero), 2018Aluminium, lacquer, polyurethane, polished stainless steel
179.3 x 80 x 82 cm
Kukje Gallery Enquire about this work
Couple, Fig. 12 by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetCouple, Fig. 12, 2016MDF, PVC, aluminum, stainless steel
220 x 142 cm
Perrotin Enquire about this work
Eternity by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetEternity, 2014Epoxy resin sculpture on wooden bed, bedding, white super matte lacquer finish
133 x 155 cm
Perrotin Enquire about this work
Couple, Fig. 23 by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetCouple, Fig. 23, 2017MDP, PVC, aluminum, stainless steel
Victoria Miro Enquire about this work
Self-Portrait, No. 16 by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetSelf-Portrait, No. 16, 2015Engraved marble
50 x 75 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire about this work
Self-Portrait, No.10 by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetSelf-Portrait, No.10, 2015Acrylic and ink on canvas, metal barrier
Victoria Miro Enquire about this work

Elmgreen & Dragset Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, WHO AM I at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
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14 March–30 April 2020 Group Exhibition WHO AM I Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Elmgreen & Dragset, Adaptations at Kukje Gallery, Seoul
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21 March–28 April 2019 Elmgreen & Dragset Adaptations Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Elmgreen & Dragset, Elmgreen & Dragset at Perrotin, Paris
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13 October–22 December 2018 Elmgreen & Dragset Perrotin, Paris

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Elmgreen & Dragset In Ocula Magazine

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

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...

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Elmgreen & Dragset Ocula Conversation Elmgreen & Dragset By Rachael Vance, Berlin

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 By Catherine Shaw, Seoul

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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Elmgreen & Dragset In Related Press

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Elmgreen & Dragset Hold up a Queer Mirror to the Art World Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset Hold up a Queer Mirror to the Art World 3 October 2019, Frieze

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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The Shows to See in Copenhagen During Chart Related Press The Shows to See in Copenhagen During Chart 29 August 2019, Frieze

Danish collective SUPERFLEX follow Jeppe Hein in the creation of an installation in the moist, dark recesses of Copenhagen's fascinating former cisterns. 'It is not the end of the world', invites the viewer to enter a dystopian future set in a climate-ravaged city. Waterproof footwear is obligatory to enter the space and can be borrowed on site....

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Elmgreen & Dragset and Georg Jensen invite you to put your phones to bed Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset and Georg Jensen invite you to put your phones to bed 15 July 2019, Wallpaper*

Georg Jensen's HQ occupies a yellow-brick, former porcelain factory building in the leafy neighbourhood of Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. It's a suitably impressive place, befitting a world-renowned heritage brand, but what sets it apart is what it contains, rather than its architecture. On its first floor is the world's largest silver smithy, where...

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Elmgreen & Dragset's bar doesn't work (and that's the point) Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset's bar doesn't work (and that's the point) 2 April 2019, Phaidon News

There's a nice-looking bar at Elmgreen & Dragset's new show, Adaptations, at the Kukje Gallery in Seoul, South Korea. It's white, oval shaped, and is fitted with two bar taps, and looks pretty inviting ...

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