Elmgreen & Dragset win award
The Danish-Norwegian artists’ duo Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset surprise us, shock us, and turn the world upside down in their art. Now they have been awarded the prestigious Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Grant. In the autumn of 2014 visitors can explore the artists’ challenging and striking art in a major exhibition at SMK.
On 30 November Elmgreen & Dragset will receive the grant, thereby also receiving the amount of DKK 400,000 (EUR 55,000). The grant is awarded to Danish artists in recognition of proven talent and to aid future work. Two other recipients join Elmgreen & Dragset in receiving the grand: the artists Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen and Nina Saunders. To tie in with the award Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art will present an exhibition featuring all these artists; the exhibition opens on 30 November (from 19.00 to 22.00) and will be on display until 6 January 2013.
About the exhibition at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art
Explore Elmgreen & Dragset at SMK
Visitors can already find art by Elmgreen & Dragset at SMK, specifically in the permanent exhibition Danish and International Art after 1900 which includes their installation Please, keep quiet!. Visitors enter the installation through a door that swings shut behind them as they are quite unexpectedly confronted by a life-like scenario from a very different world, right in the middle of the art institution. At first glance the installation looks like a four-bed ward in a hospital, complete with beds, patients, bedside tables, and a fabric screen on wheels. This hospital setting is starling and surprising, an effect that has always been part of Elmgreen & Dragset’s strategy. In their works they often play with our expectations in the form of seemingly misplaced and paradoxical scenarios that challenge our habitual notions about the world to thought-provoking and disquieting effect.
More about Please, keep quiet!
Large-scale exhibition of Elmgreen & Dragset in 2014
In 2014 SMK will stage a major exhibition starring Elmgreen & Dragset. It will be the first-ever show in Denmark to sum up and present key movements and developments in the duo’s extensive production from their earliest work to the present day.
More about the exhibition at SMK