Curated by Katerina Gregos, “Speech Matters” is the theme of the exhibition hosted by the Danish pavilion at this year’s Biennale. Dealing with the complex issue of freedom of speech, the show will be featuring works of 18 international artists, whose work addresses this very timely topic – and we were very excited to hear that the “Flash God” Han Hoogerbrugge will be one of them! Congratz Han, this calls for champagne @ the Bauer Palazzo!
Blog archives: May 2011
The exhibition “The One & The Many” by Elmgreen & Dragset is a site-specific project for the Submarine Wharf. The artists have transformed the enormous space into a section of an urban landscape, affording the viewer a glimpse into the lives of the fictional characters, who are the inhabitants in this universe in microcosm.
(excerpt from the press release by Museum Boijmans van Beuningen)
The exhibition is the last part of a trilogy of installations, from which the first 2 were “The Welfare Show”, dealing with the decline of the welfare state and “The Collectors”, allowing the spectator to peep into a domestic settings of wealthy collectors couple (show at last Venice Biennale). “The One & The Many” takes as its subject lives of common people (“the many”) and their role in nowadays’ society. Apart from a social commentary, the installation doesn’t lack the most important ingredients of the Scandinavian artistic duo: wit and subversive humor. These are present in numerous details, whether in the interior settings of the constructed high-rise building, the actors with assigned roles and style or objects spread around the site.
When we first entered the space through a long metal tunnel, it was completely crowded, with everyone fitting immediately into the settings as if they always belonged there. People queued to take ride on the ferris wheel, sat down on benches, hanged around the skeleton of the white limousine and chatted with the mechanics fixing it, (taking it apart?) or observed the activities from a built-in gazebo. The constructed became real for a while. Later on, when the space got empty, the atmosphere changed. All of a sudden the artificial character of the settings and the props became much more obvious, and instead of the cheerful ambiance, one felt more of an eerie sensation.
We took many pictures of both scenarios, which you can see on our Flickr. The installation is certainly worth a visit, both for its impressive visual qualities and as a final part of the conceptual trilogy, dealing with recent changes in the Western cultural climate.
Erwin Wurm is hot this summer in Belgium and The Netherlands! His show at the Belgian Middelheim Museum opens today and next month, the first big Wurm exhibition in the Netherlands will be on display at the GEM in The Hague. Coinciding with the two shows, both institutions teamed up with editor Hatje Cantz & Base Design and created “Wear Me Out“. A book that presents Wurm’s latest work: furniture, drawings, outdoor sculptures, and—for the first time—clothing, developed in collaboration with Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck.
Opening today: “The One & The Many“, a total transformation of the submarine hangar from the hands of the acclaimed Scandinavian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, in the Submarine Wharf, RDM complex in Rotterdam. For further info see website of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, who – together with the Port of Rotterdam – organizes the event.
“The One & The Many” has been rumored to be one of the greatest project of Elmgreen & Dragset till now. The exact details of the project will remain confidential until the last minute, but some of the main ingredients will be a specially designed office building, abandoned fun-fair equipment and a variety of other curious attributes.
At noon, another piece of Elmgree & Dragset opens on the Coolsingel in Rotterdam, namely the performance sculpture “It’s Never Too Late to Say Sorry“.
And now if u’d excuse us, because we’re on the way in our flash-fast HFA mobile to give you a first-hand report of it all!
(Might be also of interest: an interview of Elmgreen & Dragset, talking about their projects Rotterdam, Venice etc. on Artinfo)