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Elmgreen & Dragset at The Standard

Elmgreen & Dragset at The Standard

Artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset will hold a residency at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach on the heel of debuting Bent Pool, the final in a series of six permanent, site-specific works of public art at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The artists will also be hosting a private party in celebration of the new artwork and bringing variations of their well-known pieces Death of a Collector, 2009, and Watching, 2016, to the private event. Guests of the hotel will also notice a recreation of Waiting on their room keys, as well as limited-edition tees available at the Shop, plus inflatable versions of Death of a Collector for purchase.

Death of a Collector, Elmgreen & Dragset’s sculpture of a dead art collector floating face down in a swimming pool, will be replicated at the private event through the use of inflatable body recreations in The Standard Spa, Miami Beach’s Bayside infinity pool. The design of Watching, Elmgreen & Dragset’s sculpture which depicts a young man siting on a lifeguard chair and peering through binoculars, will also be incorporated in staff uniforms for the party.



Michael Elmgreen (b. 1961, Copenhagen, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (b. 1969, Trondheim, Norway) 

Elmgreen & Dragset are based in Berlin and have worked together as an artist duo since 1995. They have held numerous solo exhibitions in art institutions worldwide, including their current show at The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2019); The Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018); Museum Haus Lange, Kunstmuseen Krefeld (2017); FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2016); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2016); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2016); PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2015); Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (2014); Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2014); Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2013); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2011); ZKM Museum of Modern Art, Karlsruhe (2010); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2009); The Power Plant, Toronto (2006); Serpentine Gallery, London (2006); Tate Modern, London (2004); and Kunsthalle Zürich (2001). Their work has been included in the Istanbul (2013, 2011, 2001), Liverpool (2012), Performa 11 (New York, 2011), Singapore (2011), Moscow (2011, 2007), Venice (2009, 2003), Gwangju (2006, 2002), São Paulo (2002), and Berlin (1998) biennials. 

In 2005 the artists installed the sculpture Prada Marfa, a replica Prada store, in the Texan desert. In 2009 they received a special mention for their exhibition The Collectors in the Nordic and Danish Pavilions at the 53rd Venice Biennale. The artists were shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2000) and won the Preis der Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2002). In 2012 they were selected for London’s Fourth Plinth Commission in Trafalgar Square, and in summer 2016 Public Art Fund presented their sculpture Van Gogh’s Ear at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Elmgreen & Dragset curated the 15th Istanbul Biennial in 2017. In 2018 the artists presented To Whom It May Concern, at Place Vendôme, Paris, and transformed the Whitechapel Gallery, London with their installation The Whitechapel Pool.