Elmgreen & Dragset

Throughout their career, Elmgreen & Dragset have redefined the way in which art is presented and experienced. Drawing from disciplines as divergent as institutional critique, social politics, performance and architecture, in their sculptures and installations the artists reconfigure the familiar with characteristic wit and subversive humour.  From the transformation of New York City's Bohen Foundation into a 13th Street Subway Station in 2004, to the siting of a Prada boutique in a Texan desert in 2005, and the insertion of institutional spaces within the architecture of a public gallery, as in the Serpentine Gallery's critically acclaimed The Welfare Show in 2006, their work raises issues around social models and social spaces, and prompts a re-thinking of the status quo.

Based in London and Berlin, Michael Elmgreen (b. 1961, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (b. 1969, Norway) have worked as a collaborative duo since the mid-1990's. Most recently the internationally renowned V&A museum has commissioned Elmgreen & Dragset to create an ambitious site-specific installation titled TomorrowTomorrow transforms the V&A's former textile galleries into an apartment belonging to a fictional, elderly and disillusioned architect. Tomorrow follows on from the artists' previous large-scale installations and performances; Celebrity: The One and the Many at ZKM, Karlsrühe, Germany (2010) and The One & the Many, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2011) Other significant solo exhibitions have been presented at MUSAC, León, Spain (2009), Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2007), Serpentine Gallery, London (2006), MCA Chicago (2005), Tate Modern, London (2004), and Kunsthalle Zurich (2001). In 2003, Elmgreen & Dragset won the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. In 2009, Elmgreen & Dragset were awarded Special Mention at the Venice Biennale for The Collectors, their highly elaborate exhibition for the Danish and Nordic Pavilions. 

The artists' have been commissioned and installed a number of sculptures internationally within the public realm, including; HAN, installed at Kulturevaerftet Helsingør, Denmark.  Powerless Structures, Fig. 101, Fourth Plinth Commission, Trafalgar Square, London, UK, their winning commission selected by the City of London. It's Never Too Late to Say Sorry, daily performance, Sculpture International, Rotteram, NE. In 2012 Elmgreen & Dragset were commissioned by the Munich city council to create and curate a programme of installations across Munich's main squares. The resulting a year-long artistic project  A Space Called Public / Hoffentlich Öffentlich included the artists own work, as well as a number of other contemporary artists.

Installation view, TOMORROW at Victoria & Albert Museum, 2013 Photographer: Anders Sune Berg