ELMGREEN & DRAGSET “THE WELL FAIR”

NEWSText: Aya Shomura

Elmgreen & Dragset "Tanya! Tanya! Tanya!" 2004, Wood, Stenciled lettering, Wax, Human hair, Clothing, Shoes, Styrofoam balls, Life-size cast, Courtesy: Olbricht Collection, Photo: Oren Slor

Elmgreen & Dragset “Tanya! Tanya! Tanya!” 2004, Wood, Stenciled lettering, Wax, Human hair, Clothing, Shoes, Styrofoam balls, Life-size cast, Courtesy: Olbricht Collection, Photo: Oren Slor

Elmgreen & Dragset’s “The Well Fair“, a solo show that marks the artist duo’s first exhibition in mainland China, running till 17 April at The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. A selection of over eighty their works created over the past two decades is displayed this time.

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Elmgreen & Dragset employ the entire installation of “The Well Fair” to reflexively examine the physical and conceptual makeup of contemporary art fairs. Visitors to the fair will navigate the space by passing from one aisle to another, discovering different scenarios in each booth and encountering museum personnel engaged to act as the fair’s staff. This fictional setting seeks to break down the social hierarchy usually present at commercial art fairs, with nothing actually for sale and a VIP lounge that remains inaccessible to all.

By constructing an art fair inside a museum, they investigate the desires that lie beneath the global urge to consume contemporary art and the spatial settings that define this part of the art market.

Elmgreen & Dragset “The Well Fair”
Date: January 24th – April 17th, 2016
Opening hours: 10:00 – 19:00 (Last entry at 18:30)
Closed on Monday
Place: The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)
Address: GraetHall, 798 Art District, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Tel: +86 10 5780 0200
Admission: General;10 RMB (Free on Thursday)
http://ucca.org.cn/en

Text: Aya Shomura

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