Elmgreen & Dragset Trick an Entire City for Their Latest Show
A family relocates to a museum in the spectre of post-Brexit Europe. By Hili Perlson
Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset‘s latest show “Die Zugezogenen” (The Newcomers), at the Kunstmuseum Krefeld, Germany, has caused quite a stir in the weeks leading up to the opening.
Earlier this year, a “For Sale” sign had gone up in front of the beloved Haus Lange, a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe villa from the late 1920s that has been used as an exhibition space by the Krefeld museum since 1955. A two-page ad was taken out in the local newspaper, and to complete the deception, a real estate agent enlisted by the artists answered calls, mostly by concerned citizens angered by the prospect of seeing the historical architectural gem privatized.
Image: Elmgreen & Dragset, Installation view, Die Zugezogenen, Museum Haus Lange, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2017
Courtesy the artists, Photo: Volker Döhne, © Elmgreen & Dragset and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017