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The Collectors. Curated by Elmgreen & Dragset / Danish Pavilion / Venice Biennial 2009

June 18, 2009

For the 53rd Venice Biennale, the Danish and Nordic Pavilions host “The Collectors“, an exhibition curated and staged by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset. With contributions from twenty-four international artists, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset transform the Danish and Nordic Pavilions into domestic environments, and invite the audience to be guests in them.

In Elmgreen & Dragset’s exhibition concept, the Danish Pavilion in the Giardini in Venice is for sale. The public is guided on a tour by a Vigilante real estate agent through a “For Sale” Danish Pavilion, and is told the story of the family dramas that used to haunt the house. This video is an excerpt of such a tour we attended on June 4, 2009. For the full-length version (15:55 Min.), click here!

In an upcoming episode we will have a look at the Nordic Pavilion and talk with Ingar Dragset about the concept of the exhibition.

The artists and designers included in the exhibition are: Thora Dolven Balke, Massimo Bartolini, Hernan Bas, Guillaume Bijl, Maurizio Cattelan, Elmgreen & Dragset, Pepe Espaliú, Tom of Finland, Simon Fujiwara, Han & Him, Laura Horelli, Martin Jacobson, William E. Jones, Terence Koh, Jani Leinonen, Klara Lidén, Jonathan Monk, Nico Muhly, Norway Says, Henrik Olesen, Nina Saunders, Vibeke Slyngstad, Sturtevant and Wolfgang Tillmans. Other features Fredrik Sjberg’s Fly Collection, Massimo De Carlo’s Porcelain Collection, Collected Etnographica, Real Estate Agents performed by Helen Statman & Trevor Stuart.

The Collectors is not a group show in the conventional sense. The pavilions will undergo a radical reconstruction, and more than twenty artists and designers of all ages, ranging from established to emerging ones, will contribute to creating a different kind of exhibition format, one that will appear closer to a film set than a conventional art display. The curators aim to establish a unique atmosphere of intimacy with their staged exhibition ‐ one that can run counter to the official spectacle and formal nature of the Biennale – and, in close collaboration with the participating artists and designers, they hope to circumvent all the usual competitive aspects of the larger art event.

The Collectors. Curated by Elmgreen & Dragset. Danish Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennial 2009. La Biennale di Venezia 2009: Fare Mondi (Making Worlds). Professional Preview, June 4, 2009.

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Elmgreen & Dragset: Danish Pavilion Tour, Venice Biennale 2009. Complete Tour (15:55 Min.):

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  1. Elmgreen & Dragset: The Collectors at Venice Biennial 2009 / Interview with Ingar Dragset | VernissageTV art tv Says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 9:24 am

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    June 20th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    [...] The Collectors. Curated by Elmgreen & Dragset / Danish Pavilion / Venice Biennial 2009 VernissageTV art tv – PeopleRank: 5 – June 18, 2009 …Hernan Bas, Guillaume Bijl, Maurizio Cattelan, Elmgreen & Dragset, Pepe Espaliú, Tom of Finland, Simon Fujiwara, Han & Him, Laura Horelli, Martin Jacobson, William E. Jones, Terence Koh, Jani Leinonen, Klara Lidén, Jonathan Monk, Nico Muhly, Norway… Cited people : Venice Biennale  Venice Biennial  Wolfgang Tillmans  + vote [...]

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