Elmgreen & Dragset

Born in Copenhagen, 1995 and lives in Berlin and London

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.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Bass Museum of Art presents “Gold”, featuring...
08 Aug 2014 - 11 Jan 2015
Slip of the Tongue
Danh Vo has been invited to collaborate with Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana –Pinault Collection...
12 Apr 2015 - 10 Jan 2016
Elmgreen & Dragset: Biography
The entire ground floor of the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK) has been remodelled for the exhibition...
19 Sep 2014 - 05 Jan 2015
Elmgreen & Dragset: Stigma
Massimo De Carlo gallery presents Stigma, Elmgreen & Dragset‘s third solo exhibition in the...
03 May 2015 - 27 Jun 2015
Elmgreen & Dragset: Stigma
The exhibition features a series of works titled Side Effects – a number of custom-made glass vases...
12 Oct 2015 - 21 Nov 2015
The Pagad
“The Pagad”, a group show curated by Rita Selvaggio brings together a constellation of artist...
21 Jan 2016 - 26 Mar 2016
This year for the first time, St. Agnes’s Garden is open to the public. The garden is divided into...
14 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2017
Elmgreen & Dragset: Van Gogh’s Ear
This spring, artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset will transform the Fifth Avenue entrance to the Channel...
13 Apr 2016 - 03 Jun 2016
“Protest” is an exhibition of historical and contemporary works by sixteen artists concerned...
23 Sep 2016 - 05 Nov 2016
Elmgreen & Dragset: Changing Subjects
The FLAG Art Foundation presents “Changing Subjects”, a solo exhibition by internationally...
01 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
The Others
“The Others” is a group exhibition of 15 works by 12 artists, curated by Elmgreen & Dragset...
12 Nov 2016 - 22 Jan 2017
Open at Night – Festival of Lights
The first edition of the Festival of Lights called Open at Night was born by and idea of Muriel Mayette-Holtz...
16 Dec 2017 - 28 Jan 2018
Elmgreen and Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue
This Is How We Bite Our Tongue features works by the artistic duo Michael Elmgreen (b. 1961, Denmark)...
27 Sep 2018 - 13 Jan 2019
Elmgreen & Dragset: Overheated
Massimo De Carlo is pleased to present Elmgreen & Dragset’s solo exhibition “Overheated”...
26 Mar 2019 - 04 May 2019
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