Do Not Disturb
A group exhibition featuring artists invited by Elmgreen & Dragset
TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 –
Untitled (Preparatory drawing for Mounted Patrol), 1982
Graphite and colored pencil on paper, 11.5 x 16.57 inches (29.2 x 42.1
cm), © 1982 Tom of Finland
Opening reception Friday March 21, 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
At the invitation of Elmgreen & Dragset
Cosima von Bonin, Cerith Wyn Evans, Tom of Finland,
Simon Fujiwara, Julian Göthe, Henrik Olai Kaarstein, Henrik Olesen,
Raymond Pettibon, Seth Pick, Ingegerd Råman, Prem Sahib,
Dirk Stewen, Sissel Tolaas, Elmar Vestner and others.
The works included in Do Not Disturb focus on the nocturnal,
sleep, dreams, passion, sexual fantasies, and the last, long night
that awaits us all. The gallery space is transformed into a gothic-style
bedroom with dark red walls and an imposing black lacquered bed by
Elmgreen & Dragset in the centre of the room. The bed, titled
Omnes Una Manet Nox, which translates to One Night Awaits
Us All, shows a sinister gold plated vulture perched on top of
one of its bedposts.
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Each work in this group exhibition adds in different
ways to the condensed domestic ambience of the space, as if they were
all elements in a life sized, perverted doll house where “do
not disturb” makes literal sense.
About the Curators:
Based in London and Berlin, Michael
Elmgreen (b. 1961, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset
(b. 1969, Norway) have worked as a collaborative duo since
1995. Most recently, the internationally renowned Victoria
and Albert Museum in London commissioned Elmgreen & Dragset
to create Tomorrow, an ambitious site-specific installation.
Tomorrow transformed the Victoria and Albert’s
former textile galleries into an apartment belonging to a
fictional, elderly and disillusioned architect, continuing
the artists' focus on staging twisted domestic interiors.
Do Not Disturb coincides with Biography,
a survey exhibition of Elmgreen & Dragset’s work
presented at the nearby Astrup Fearnley Museet.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Friday 12
AM – 5 PM, Saturday
12 AM – 4PM
and by appointment.
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