In the fall of 2019, the Nasher Sculpture Center will present Elmgreen & Dragset, an exhibition that will mark the Scandinavian duo’s first major museum presentation in North America. Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have worked together as Elmgreen & Dragset since the mid-1990s.
In their sculptures, installations, and performances, they re-interpret familiar designs and spatial structures that surround us in our everyday lives with criticality and subversive wit. From their permanent, site-specific installation of a forever-closed Prada boutique in the West Texas desert to their contributions to the Danish and Nordic Pavilions at the Venice Biennale in 2009, to their conception of a faux art fair in Beijing in 2016 or their giant upright swimming pool Van Gogh’s Ear at Rockefeller Plaza the same year, Elmgreen & Dragset consistently devise new possibilities in the way art is presented and perceived, and how we use and organize public space.
At the Nasher Sculpture Center, the exhibition will focus on Elmgreen & Dragset’s sculptural production, presenting together for the first time a large selection of sculptures that illustrate the artists’ use of multiple aesthetics and working methods, and show entry points from post-minimalism, conceptual strategies, and the figurative sculpture tradition. The artist duo’s diverse approaches often incorporate performative and narrative elements, and span from personal stories to socio-political concerns. Organized by Nasher Assistant Curator, Dr. Leigh Arnold, the exhibition provides a long overdue look at the work of two of contemporary art’s most dynamic and multifaceted artists. The exhibition includes sculptures from the beginnings of Elmgreen & Dragset’s collaboration as well as brand new work created for this presentation. The Nasher also hopes to commission a site-specific installation for the exhibition. A lavishly illustrated catalogue with an introductory essay by Dr. Arnold and contributions by selected authors will be published to accompany the exhibition.