Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset working on Olympus

Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset are the collaborative duo that started exhibiting in 1995 the artists have presented a great number of architectural and sculptural installations in an ongoing series of works entitled Powerless Structures in which they transformed the conventions of the ‘white cube’ gallery space, creating galleries suspended from the celing, sunk into the ground or turned upside down. For the Istanbul Biennial in 2001, they constructed a full-scale model of a typical Modernist Kunsthalle descending into the ground while located outdoor among ancient ruins. Further exhibitions include transforming the Bohen Foundation in New York into a 13th Street Subway Station in 2004, siting a Prada boutique in the middle the Texan desert in 2005.. in 2009 at Venice Biennale, they curated the project for the wonderful Nordic Pavillon, while continuing exhibiting their works in many powerful museums.

At the moment their last project is at Thorvaldsen Museum of Copenhagen, where they re-interpretated some neo-classical sculptures pushing on the hint gay-friendly, and making the marbles wear some stereotyped hot items: tanks and underwear, keeping it classical of course, but with that Scandinavian irony that has always been in their works.

© Michael Elmgreen Ingar Dragset

Thorvaldsens Museum 

Selected by Ingrid Melano


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