Elmgreen & Dragset – short biography

Michael Elmgreen (born 1961 in Copenhagen, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (born 1969 in Trondheim, Norway) are based in Berlin and have worked together as an artist duo since 1995. They have held numerous solo exhibitions at art institutions worldwide, including EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art; The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; The Whitechapel Gallery, London; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; UCCA, Beijing; Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Kunsthalle Zürich and Tate Modern, London.

Among the artists’ several public sculptures the most widely known work is Prada Marfa (2005) in Texas. Other works include Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted under the National Socialist Regime (2008) in Tiergarten, Berlin; Van Gogh’s Ear (2016), now installed at K11 Musea in Hong Kong; and Statue of Liberty (2018) at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin. In January 2021, the permanent site-specific work The Hive was inaugurated at Moynihan Train Hall, Penn Station, New York.

Elmgreen & Dragset have participated in four triennales and 22 biennales in nine different global cities. In 2009 they curated both the Nordic and Danish Pavilions at the Venice Biennale, and in 2017 the 15th Istanbul Biennial. In all, through the years, the artist duo have participated in close to 300 exhibitions.

In 2015 Elmgreen & Dragset were appointed Honorary Doctors at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and in 2020, they received the B.Z. Kulturpreis in Berlin.

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