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Elmgreen & Dragset: Trilogy

Celebrity - The One & The Many · The Collectors · The Welfare Show

Peter Weibel, Andreas F. Beitin

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A monograph on the acclaimed artist duo, whose work in bronze, Powerless Structures, Fig 101, occupied the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2012


The three outstanding exhibitions featured in this publication form a trilogy:

The Welfare Show (Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; BAWAG Foundation, Vienna; Serpentine Gallery, London; The Power Plant, Toronto)

The Collectors (presented at the Danish and Nordic Pavilions at the 53rd Venice Biennale)

Celebrity – The One & The Many (ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe).

These exhibitions had a significant impact on the culture industry and consequently enjoyed an astounding presence in the media and in the art world. While each of the three exhibitions was independently conceived and separately presented, when considered together they form a complex depiction of present-day Western society as seen from a personal perspective. The decline of the welfare state, the accumulation of extreme wealth and growing class distinctions, together with the phenomenon of an increasingly dominant celebrity culture are among the many issues that Elmgreen & Dragset explore in this Trilogy.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.0 x 20.0 cm

Extent: 384 pp

Publication date: 7 November 2011

ISBN: 9780500093641

Contents List

The Welfare Show (Bergen Kunsthall, Serpentine Gallery) • The Welfare Show by Shannon Jackson • Utopias and the Welfare State by Tony Benn • The Collectors (The Danish Pavilion, The Nordic Pavilion) • Another Death in Venice by Dominic Eichler • Living in or with a Collection? by Charles Arsène-Henry • Celebrity – The One and the Many (ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe) • The Star and the Audience: Disinformation and the Logic of the Swarm by Max Otte • Celebrity and Populism with regard to Pierre Bourdieu’s Economy of Immaterial Wealth by Georg Franck • A Scene from the Marriage of Elmgreen & Dragset by Sarah Thornton • Celebration – The World of Appearance Paul Virilio in conversation with Sacha Goldman • The Society of Excessive Attention by Bernard Pörksen and Wolfgang Krischke

About the Author

Peter Weibel is an artist, curator and theoretician.

Andreas F. Beitin is is a German curator, art historian and Director of the Ludwig Forum for International Art in Aachen, Germany.

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Peter Weibel