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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Elmgreen & Dragset

b. 1995, Denmark

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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 Wallpaper* : 15 July 2019

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) Phaidon News : 2 April 2019

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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Elmgreen & Dragset’s cavernous Berlin live-work space offers a clever twist on familiar structures Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset’s cavernous Berlin live-work space offers a clever twist on familiar structures Wallpaper* : 1 January 2019

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.

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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: ‘It’s better to scream with laughter than just scream’ Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset: ‘It’s better to scream with laughter than just scream’ Financial Times : 1 September 2018

Artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset are mischief-makers with international clout. They may not be household names yet, but over the past decade the Scandinavian duo have been making a mark with public art that is at once witty, poignant and potent. Theirs, for instance, was the golden boy on a rocking horse on Trafalgar Square's Fourth...

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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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'The Garden—End of Times; Beginning of Times' Related Press 'The Garden—End of Times; Beginning of Times' Art Agenda : 10 July 2017

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Elmgreen & Dragset reveal details of the Istanbul Biennial Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset reveal details of the Istanbul Biennial The Art Newspaper : 16 June 2017

The high-profile Scandinavian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, who took part in Art Basel's Conversation programme earlier this week, revealed to us more details of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, which they are organising. The exhibition will feature 30 new commissions and works by ten Turkish artists out of a total of 57. A full list of artists...

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The beasts within: Artists tap into their wild sides for a roaring show Related Press The beasts within: Artists tap into their wild sides for a roaring show Wallpaper* : 26 November 2016

Rarely before have we seen such a long and varied list of contributors, as we do in Marian Goodman Gallery's group show Animality. The 'cast of creatures' ranges from dogs, camels, fish to octopi, and charts a history from George Orwell to Gabriel Orozco by way of Marcel Broodthaers. Curator Jens Hoffmann, never one to turn down a...

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Death watch: Flag Foundation presents Elmgreen & Dragset's witty, enigmatic, and macabre installations Related Press Death watch: Flag Foundation presents Elmgreen & Dragset's witty, enigmatic, and macabre installations ARTnews : 18 November 2016

The Scandinavian duo Elmgreen & Dragset are once again showing off their special blend of high production values and hijinks, and finishing up with considerations of the deeply serious. In this sly, appealing roundup—with sculptures dating from 1998 to the present—the artists weigh in on male sexuality, identity, and topical social...

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Elmgreen & Dragset's 'Changing Subjects' at the Flag Art Foundation Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset's 'Changing Subjects' at the Flag Art Foundation Whitewall : 15 November 2016

Since the early 1990s, Elmgreen & Dragset have been exploring and exploiting (with a wink and a nod) the ironies and beliefs behind the relationship between art, design, and human expression. On view until December 17 at The FLAG Art Foundation is Changing Subjects by the duo—a solo exhibition on the ninth and tenth floors, including...

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'Protest:' visual autonomy Related Press 'Protest:' visual autonomy Aesthetica Magazine : 27 October 2016

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Power to… the art of protest Related Press Power to… the art of protest The Guardian : 27 September 2016

In repressive states, the role of the artist is unambiguous: to assert the individual imagination, the singular power that all dictatorships fear. I remember once talking to the Czech dissident and writer Ivan Klima, who had been subject both to the arbitrary horror of a Nazi concentration camp as a child and the long grinding years of Soviet...

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Elmgreen and Dragset to install ‘tiny little lonely booth’ in the Grand Palais Related Press Elmgreen and Dragset to install ‘tiny little lonely booth’ in the Grand Palais The Art Newspaper : 26 September 2016

'What is an art fair actually?' asks Michael Elmgreen, one half of the Berlin-based duo Elmgreen and Dragset. 'We love to go, and we love to complain about it.' Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, the duo’s other half, explored this art world institution at their fake art fair solo show, The Well Fair, at the Ullens Centre for...

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Power to... the art of protest Related Press Power to... the art of protest The Guardian : 19 September 2016

In repressive states, the role of the artist is unambiguous: to assert the individual imagination, the singular power that all dictatorships fear. I remember once talking to the Czech dissident and writer Ivan Klima, who had been subject both to the arbitrary horror of a Nazi concentration camp as a child and the long grinding years of Soviet...

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Artists Elmgreen and Dragset bring 'Van Gogh's Ear' to New York Related Press Artists Elmgreen and Dragset bring 'Van Gogh's Ear' to New York The Guardian : 31 March 2016

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Auto-biography: Elmgreen & Dragset present 'Powerless Structures' in Tel Aviv Related Press Auto-biography: Elmgreen & Dragset present 'Powerless Structures' in Tel Aviv Wallpaper : 25 March 2016

The London-and-Berlin-based duo Elmgreen & Dragset will be opening their first show ever in Israel on 31 March, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The exhibition comprises the third part of a trilogy – previous chapters took place at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo and the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen.This site-specific...

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Unpacking the art world with Elmgreen & Dragset Related Press Unpacking the art world with Elmgreen & Dragset It's Nice That : 16 March 2016

Questioning the art world is the artist’s prerogative, and testing the limits of the gallery as a white cube is, in particular, a well-trodden path in contemporary art. From Brian O’Doherty’s pivotal collection of essays from the 1970s, Inside the White Cube – where the veteran critic claimed even a glass of water can become...

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A fake art fair takes aim at contemporary practices Related Press A fake art fair takes aim at contemporary practices The Creators Project : 22 February 2016

These days, the art fair season seems endless, with Art Basel Miami Beach having just finished in December, New York’s Armory Show about to begin in March, and a bunch of inaugural shows surely to be found in between. But open now at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, is a new type of exhibit that draws on structural aspects...

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Meta-art: Elmgreen & Dragset's 'The Well Fair' at Beijing's Ullens Center Related Press Meta-art: Elmgreen & Dragset's 'The Well Fair' at Beijing's Ullens Center Wallpaper* : 1 February 2016

The Scandinavian art duo Elmgreen & Dragset have always been fascinated with the sophisticated sausage-making machinery of the art world; the complex systems that assign cultural credit and commercial value, the chain of white cubes that add heat and sizzle. Nothing exemplifies the absurdity of that system better then the contemporary art fair;...

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Elmgreen & Dragset create a fictional art fair in Beijing Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset create a fictional art fair in Beijing The Art Newspaper : 22 January 2016

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Why Elmgreen & Dragset are happy to be labelled Related Press Why Elmgreen & Dragset are happy to be labelled The Art Newspaper : 21 October 2015

The writing is definitely on the wall for Elmgreen & Dragset, whose new work at Victoria Miro’s gallery in Mayfair—a series entitled Self-Portraits—marks 20 years of the pair’s artistic collaboration. The series consists of appropriated museum wall labels that describe other artists’ work, including David Hockney,...

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Elmgreen & Dragset, Self-Portraits, Victoria Miro Mayfair Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset, Self-Portraits, Victoria Miro Mayfair Aesthetica magazine : 30 September 2015

Elmgreen & Dragset unveil their latest project at Victoria Miro next month. Opening on 13 October, Self-Portraits will be the duo’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, and their first at the space in Mayfair. Known for their controversial sculptures and installations that reconfigure the familiar with wit and subversive humour, their...

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The art show making the humble wall label the star Related Press The art show making the humble wall label the star i-D Vice : 24 September 2015

Are you a fastidious gallery wall label-looker or a straight-forward artwork gazer? Well if you're one of the former, then you'll understand Elmgreen & Dragset's fascination with the gallery credits that give you the title, date and materials for each piece. Their third show Self-Portraits, which opens at Victoria Miro next month,...

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Time travel to your imaginary destination Related Press Time travel to your imaginary destination Korea Herald : 27 July 2015

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The pick of the 2015 Biennale - by 15 top art-world insiders Related Press The pick of the 2015 Biennale - by 15 top art-world insiders The Art Newspaper : 30 April 2015

Melissa Chiu - Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DCWhat/who are you looking forward to seeing at the Venice Biennale this year?I’m looking forward to seeing the dansaekhwa (monochrome painting) exhibition from Korea, one of the satellite shows. This is an historical show bringing together works from the...

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Elmgreen & Dragset Document a Life in Progress at Galerie Perrotin Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset Document a Life in Progress at Galerie Perrotin Wallpaper : 29 April 2015

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Days push off into nights - Spring Workshop Related Press Days push off into nights - Spring Workshop International Association of Art Critics Hong Kong : 24 April 2015

In art, as in life, everything is connected. Over time, control and power is never far from most events. It has prompted explorations of the human psyche for millennia: Sophocles' Antigone, Shakespeare's Macbeth, George Orwell’s 1984, Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon. Countless books have studied China’s Cultural...

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Takayuki Ishii Of Taka Ishii Gallery Related Press Takayuki Ishii Of Taka Ishii Gallery Anne-Claire Meffre for LiOeil de la Photographie / 25 November 2014 : 4 December 2014

Last June, the Taka Ishii gallery, one of the largest in Japan, opened a space in Paris dedicated to Japanese photography and to vintage and contemporary photobooks. The Tokyo gallery, divided into three spaces, features the work of some of the masters of photography Garry Winogrand, Larry Clark, Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama as well as...

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