Elmgreen & Dragset

Michael Elmgreen was born in 1961 in Copenhagen, Denmark; Ingar Dragset was born in 1969 in Trondheim, Norway; they have been working as an artist duo since 1995. They live and work in Berlin. With the intention of revealing and redefining the art world, its cultural institutions and their fruition from the public, Elmgreen & Dragset draw inspiration from the everyday world, criticizing through a strong and unsettling sense of humor the contemporary social and political structure. They are well known for their numerous public architectural and performative installations, including Prada Marfa, a Prada shop located in the middle of the desert of Texas realized in 2005, and Short Cut, where due cars were rising out of Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in 2003, produced together with Fondazione Nicola Trussardi. Elmgreen & Dragset constantly challenge their public and its imaginary through the creation of images that are as shocking as spectacular.

Elmgreen & Dragset were appointed curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017). They were awarded a Special Mention at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) for The Collectors at the Danish and Nordic Pavilions and won the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (2002).

Elmgreen Dragset Photo Andrea Rossetti Pw Ve5 L


Solo exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
F, Bonne Chance, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz
CZ, READ, Kunsthalle Praha, Praha
F, Stand by me, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
PRC, After Dark, By Art Matters 天目里美术馆, Hangzhou
PRC, Elmgreen & Dragset, JNBY Museum, Hanghzhou
I, Useless Bodies?, Fondazione Prada, Milano
D, Elmgreen & Dragset, Würth Museum 2, Künzelsau
USA, Elmgreen & Dragset: The Nervous System, Pace Gallery, New York
F, Elmgreen & Dragset: New Tenants, Perrotin, Paris
S, Life Rings, Princess Estelle Foundation, Royal Djurgården, Stockholm
PRC, Van Gogh’s Ear (upcoming), K11 Musea, Wuhan
DK, Livredderen, Tarnby, Copenhagen
DK, Short Story, Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen
D, Short Story, König Galerie, Berlin
FIN, Elmgreen & Dragset, EMMA Museum, Tapiola Espoo
USA, The Hive, Moynihan Train Hall, New York
ROK, Pool, No. 8, Gangnam, Seoul
HK, Van Gogh’s Ear, K11 Musea, Hong Kong
USA, Elmgreen & Dragset, Pace, East Hamptons
N, Point of View, Parts 1 & 2, Kistefos Museum, Oppland
USA, Bent Pool, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami
E, It's Not What You Think, Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona
USA, Elmgreen & Dragset: Sculptures, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
CZ, A Cool Breeze, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
HK, Overheated, Massimo de Carlo Gallery, Hong Kong
ROK, Adaptations, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
SG, Space, Light and Object, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore
P, We Are Not Ourselves, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon
UK, This Is How We Bite Our Tongue, Whitechapel Gallery, London
F, Elmgreen & Dragset, Galerie Perrotin, Paris
F, To Whom It May Concern, FIAC Hors les Murs, Place Vendôme, Paris
USA, Elmgreen & Dragset: It’s Never Too Late to Say Sorry, Aspen Museum of Art, Aspen
Group exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
I, Paraventi, Fondazione Prada, Milano
FIN, Before Tomorrow - Astrup Fearnley Museet 30 Years, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo
I, Room Service, MASSIMODECARLO, Milano
J, Signposts of the World - Dangerous Modern Art. Taguchi Art Collection, Nariwa Museum, Takahashi
D, CASH on the Wall, Stiftung Kunstforum Berliner Volksbank, Berlin
N, Every Moment Counts, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden
A, Art in the Elevator, Salzburg Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
D, Blue Jeans - Myth and Marketing, Museumsquarier Osnabrück, Osnabrück
F, Impossibles architectures, Musees des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, Nancy
PL, Politics in Art, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow
DN, Heroic Bodies, Rudolph Tegners Museum, Dronningmølle
I, Winter Wunderkammer, MASSIMODECARLO, VSpace
DK, Grave Monuments, Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus
I, Villa Chiuminatto, Villa Chiuminatto, Torino
D, Wild/Schön, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden
DK, SkultpurOdense21 (upcoming), Hollufgård Skultpurparken, Odense
D, Tempo, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Heilbrunn
DK, Work It Out, Kunsten, Aalborg
I, Statements, Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo
DK, Psychopathia Sexualis, Overgaden, Copenhagen
ROK, Monument for the Cemetery, Art Sonje Center, Seoul
EST, OASIS, Tallin Arhcitecture Museum, Tallin
P, Sobressalto: Coleção Norlina e José Lima, CAA, Lisboa
N, It’s Just a Phase, KUK, Trondheim
MASSIMO DE CARLO FOR MILANO: A Benefit Sale to Support Local Hospitals, ARTSY
DK, Animals in Art, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj
F, WANTED!, Grand Palais, Paris
D, Szene Berlin, Hall Art Foundation, Derneburg
D, Studio Berlin, Boros Foundation, Berlin
USA, A Greater Perspective, The606, Damen Arts Plaza, Chicago
AUS, Friendship as a Way of Life, UNSW Galleries, Paddington
PRC, Who Am I, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing


Author, Publication Title, Date
Gravina, Niccolò, Muse Magazine, Spring/Summer 2022
Bucci, Stefano, La Lettura, Corriere della Sera, 20 March 2022
Gravina, Niccolò, Muse, Spring/Summer 2022
Martinot-Lagarde, Alice, AD Magazine, January
ArtDaily, November 2,
Rothe, E. Nina, Flaunt, October
Mun-Delsalle, Y-Jean, Forbes, May 3
Klarich Johnson, Grant, Frieze, October 3
Papini, Marta, Icon, November
Klein, Kristine, Dezeen, December
Campbell - Johnston, Rachel, The Times, September
De Buchet, Valery, Madame Figaro, October 12-13
Gompertz, Will, BBC News, 29 September
François, Samuel, Numéro Art, September 2018 / February 2019
Elmgreen, Michael e Ingar Dragset, Frieze Week, October 04-07 2018
Donoghue, Katy, Whitewaller, Frieze London / Fiac Paris
Frenkel, Eddy, Time Out London, September
Hudson, Mark, The Telegraph, 27 September
Searle, Adrian, The Guardian, September
Buck, Louisa, The Art Newspaper, September
McDermott, Emily, Sleek, September
Judah, Hettie, Independant, September
Buck, Louisa, The Art Newspaper, September
Harris, Gareth, Financial Times, August
Luke, Ben, Evening Standard, September
Darrell, Harry, Mousse, November
O'Rourke, Nicole, Art Review Asia, October
The Art Newspaper
ArtForum, January
ArtReview Asia, April
Artribune, 13 April
Exibart, 13 April

Public collections

MUMOK - Museum Moderner Kunst, Wien
TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Wien
Museum Hof van Busleyden, Mechelen
Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels
Czech Republic
Kunsthalle Praha, Praha
Arken Museum, Ishøj
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus
Dokk1, Aarhus
Københavns Billedkunstudvalg, Copenhagen
KØS - Museum of Art in Public Spaces, Nørregade a Køge
KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg
Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk
Statens Museum for Kunst , Copenhagen
Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo
Dragonfly Collection, Paris
FNAC - Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris
Fondation Emerige, Paris
European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main
Galerie Orangerie-Reinz, Köln
Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
KAT_Kunst am Turm, Bad Honnef
Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen
Kunstmuseum Krefeld, Krefeld
Kunstverein Springhof, Springhof
me Collectors Room, Berlin
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
Pinakothek der Moderne, München
Sammlung Boros, Berlin
Sammlung Goetz, München
Sammlung Wemhöner, Berlin
Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden, Dresden


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