The duo met in Copenhagen in 1995, when Michael Elmgreen, who was born in the city in 1961, was writing and performing poetry, and Ingar Dragset, a Norwegian born in 1969, was studying theater. For the first 10 years of their artistic collaboration, they were a couple. They moved to Berlin in 1997. In 2006, they bought a large 1000m2 former water-pumping station dating to 1924 in Berlin’s Neukölln borough from the city and converted it into a home and studio. For a time both men lived in the building, each occupying one of the five stories that make up the rear section of the pumping station. In 2008, Elmgreen moved to London.

Since 1997, 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 ceiling, 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. Their work has also been shown in the Berlin, São Paulo, Gwangju, Moscow, Singapore, and Liverpool Biennials.

Elmgreen & Dragset
Elmgreen & Dragset
Copenhagen, 1995

Past Exhibitions

Elmgreen & Dragset: Overheated

Massimo de Carlo, Hong Kong
26/03/2019 — 04/05/2019

Elmgreen and Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue

Whitechapel Gallery
27/09/2018 — 13/01/2019

Open at Night – Festival of Lights

Villa Medici 16/12/2017 — 28/01/2018

The Others

König Galerie
12/11/2016 — 22/01/2017

Elmgreen & Dragset: Changing Subjects

The Flag Art Foundation
01/10/2016 — 17/12/2016

Solo Shows

The Nasher, Dallas, USA (forthcoming)

Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea (forthcoming)
Whitechapel, London, U.K. (forthcoming)
Perrotin Gallery, Paris, France (forthcoming)

15th Istanbul Biennial (curators), Istanbul, Turkey
Die Zugezogenen (The Newcomers), Museum Haus Lange, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany

Powerless Structures, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Van Gogh’s Ear, Public Art Fund, Rockefeller Center, New York, USA
The Well Fair, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Self-Portraits, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, U.K.
Stigma, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, London, U.K.
Lot, Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
Aéroport Mille Plateaux, PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Stigma, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy
Past Tomorrow, Galerie Perrotin, New York, USA

Biography, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Biography, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway
The Old World, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong

Tomorrow, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
A Space Called Public, Munich (curated by Elmgreen & Dragset), Germany

Harvest, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
Han, permanent public artwork installed at Kulturværftet Helsingør, Denmark
Powerless Structures, Fig. 101, The Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

Group Shows

Over the Rainbow, Praz-Delavallade, Los Angeles, USA
ARoS Triennial The Garden – End of Times; Beginning of Time, Aarhus, Denmark
Waiting, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
No Place Like Home, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest, Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, Poland


Animality: Animals and Art, Marian Goodman Gallery, London, UK
Protest, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
No Man is an Island – The Satanic Verses, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
Staged! Spectacle and Role Playing in Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle München, Munich, Germany
Gartenschau, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany


Slip of the Tongue, Punta Della Dogana, Venice, Italy
Panorama, High Line Art, New York, USA
What We Call Love, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Homosexualität_en, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany
Little is Left to Tell (Calvino after Calvino), Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
Infinite Experience, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Days push off into nights, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong
All the World’s a Stage. Works from the Goetz Collection, Fundación Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain


As I run and run, happiness comes closer, La Collection de Laurent Dumas vue par Jérôme Sans, Paris, France
KIK Three Dizzyland, Kino International, Berlin, Germany
GOLD, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA
do it Moscow, Independent Curators International, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Man in the Mirror, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium
Attention Economy, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria


Mom, am I barbarian?, 13th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
auf Zeit, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden Baden, Germany
Out of the Blue, Cortesi Contemporay, Lugano, Switzerland


Fremde überall – Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Sammlung Pomeranz, Jüdisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria
Echigo Tsumari Triennial, Tokamachi City and Tsunan Town, Japan
Common Ground, Public Art Fund, City Hall Park, New York, USA
Status – 24 Contemporary Documents, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Wintherthur, Zurich, Switzerland
Struggles, Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium
Im Raum des Betrachters – Skulptur der Gegenwart, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
You Are Not Alone, BACC – Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
Group Show, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
Migros meets Museion. 20th Century Remix, Migrosmuseum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Copenhagen Country of birth: Denmark Date of birth: 1995 Lives in: Berlin and London