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Based in London and Berlin, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have worked together as an artist duo since the mid-1990s.
Major exhibitions include “The Collectors” at The Nordic and Danish Pavilions for the 53rd Venice Biennial in 2009, and in the same year a survey show at MUSAC in León, Spain. Elmgreen & Dragset have also presented solo shows at Serpentine Gallery and Tate Modern in London; The Power Plant in Toronto; Malmö Konsthall; Portikus, Frankfurt and Kunsthalle Zürich. They have participated in numerous biennials including several editions of the Venice Biennale, Manifesta 3 and the Istanbul, São Paulo, Berlin and Gwangju biennials, the Yokohama Triennial and will feature in the 3rd Singapore Biennial in 2011.
In 2002, Elmgreen & Dragset won the prestigious "Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst" at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin and they were shortlisted for The Guggenheim Hugo Boss Prize in 2000. Elmgreen & Dragset were commissioned by the German government to create a memorial next to Brandenburg Gate in Berlin commemorating the gay victims of the Nazi regime, which was unveiled in May 2008.
"Prada Marfa", a full-scale replica of a Prada shop in the middle of the Texan desert, and "Short Cut", a car and a caravan breaking up from the ground, are among their most well known works.
Elmgreen & Dragset’s art explores issues relating to contemporary modes of living and investigates how these are reflected in both the everyday designs that surround us and in our urban landscapes. Their artistic language is based on recognisable deceptions of familiar elements, which gain new meaning through contextual displacement or by subtle aesthetic alterations.