Elmgreen & Dragset | There I belong Hammershøi by E&D
National Gallery of Denmark | 27.4.–1.9.2019
In a new exhibition at the SMK National Gallery of Denmark, the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset explores the idea of ‘home’ while taking their starting point in one of their great sources of inspiration: the Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi.Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have long been fascinated by the works of Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864–1916), whose works occupy a central position in Danish art history and in the SMK collection. The artist duo has a particularly abiding interest in some of Hammershøi’s most iconic recurring motifs from the painter’s own home: interior scenes depicting half-empty rooms arranged en suite, full of open and closed doors, painted in melancholic grey tones.
In addition to works by Elmgreen & Dragset themselves, the exhibition includes a new painting by Njideka Akunyili Crosby – based on Hammershøi’s work and especially created for this exhibition – , as well as works by Monica Bonvicini, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Annika von Hausswolff, Liliana Maresca, Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Ruff, and Francesca Woodman.