Exhibition: Elmgreen & Dragset
Exhibition period: 19 September 2014 to 4 January 2015
The Danish-Norwegian artist duo Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset surprise us, shock us, and turn the world upside down in their art, which will be featured in a major exhibition at SMK in 2014.
Elmgreen & Dragset have held numerous exhibitions in international contemporary art institutions and galleries. The exhibition at SMK will cover central movements and developments in the duo’s extensive body of work from 1995 to the present day.
Sculpture, installation art, and performance art
Elmgreen & Dragset, who are based in Berlin and London, have worked together since 1995. At the outset of their joint career they frequently made performance art, often addressing issues pertaining to sexual politics and identities. In the following years they began to create large sculptures and installation pieces, sometimes as part of the ongoing series entitled Powerless Structures.
Re-configuring the functions of spaces and objects is a recurring theme of their artistic practice, as seen in the work Please, keep quiet! – featured in SMK’s permanent exhibition Danish and International Art after 1900 – in which the artists place a replica of a hospital ward in the middle of an art institution. In their works Elmgreen & Dragset question our expectations by staging paradoxical, seemingly misplaced scenarios that challenge our habitual notions, often to surprising effect.
More about Please, keep quiet!
About the artists
Elmgreen & Dragset have had solo exhibitions in the Serpentine Gallery and Tate Modern in London, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, ZKM in Karlsruhe and Kunsthalle Zürich, among plenty of other venues. In 2009 they represented the Danish and Nordic Pavilions at the Venice Biennale, and in 2012 they were featured in the Liverpool Biennial.
Their winning Fourth Plinth Commission Powerless Structures, Fig. 101 – depicting a child astride his rocking horse – was on view in 2012–2013 in Trafalgar Square, London. Now, the internationally acclaimed artist duo will stage their largest ever exhibition in Denmark at SMK.