'CELEBRITY – THE ONE & THE MANY'
AT ZKM – MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY
CURATED BY ANDREAS F. BEITIN, ZKM
7 November 2010–27 March 2011
7 November 2010 / 19:00
4 November 2010 / 11:00
Artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset has been invited by Andreas F. Beitin, head of ZKM – Museum of Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe, Germany, to present the duo first major solo exhibition in Germany. Titled 'Celebrity – The One and the Many', the exhibition will be presented in the two atriums of the ZKM – Museum of Contemporary Art, from 7 November 2010 to 27 March 2011. The artists have produced two installation pieces especially for the museum. The exhibition investigates how 'celebrity' works on a relational level between 'one' and 'many', and how an 'icon is mediated to a general public through staged and artificial realities'. Against this backdrop, the artworks in 'Celebrity – The One and the Many' 'also illuminate the mechanisms of medial seduction and contemporary myth production'. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication — to be published in early 2011, edited by Peter Weibel, professor and Chief Executive Officer ZKM and by Andreas F. Beitin — which will include comprehensive documentation of the presented artworks, in addition to the artists' contribuition for the 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, in 2009. The catalogue will include texts by Andreas F. Beitin,Hubert Burda, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Peter Weibel, among other contributors.
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About the Artists
Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset (b.1969 in Trondheim, Norway) have been collaborating since 1995. Questioning traditional perceptional patterns in their sculptures, installations, and performances, their work has been represented in numerous international museums and private collections. Through the last decade, they have been showing their works in numerous institutions including Tate Modern, London, UK; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA; Serpentine Gallery, London; New Museum, New York, USA; Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway and Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland.
The participation of Elmgreen & Dragset within ZKM's 'Celebrity – The One and the Many' has been supported by Office for Contemporary Art Norway's International Support Programme.