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The first major UK survey of artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, this exhibition spans 20 years of extraordinary artistic collaboration.

Michael Elmgreen (b1961) and Ingar Dragset (b1969) have been working together since 1995. They produce beguiling spatial scenarios that explore social and sexual politics and unveil the power structures embedded in the everyday designs that surround us.

In their uncanny installations, institutional spaces are transformed into metaphors for individual desires and collective identities with subversive wit. The exhibition juxtaposes a survey of their emotional figurative sculptures with a major new installation that meditates on the fate of civic space.

Other works on display will include Modern Moses (2006), an installation consisting of a figure of a new-born baby in a carry cot, abandoned in front of a cash machine; One Day (2015), in which a sculpture of a young boy gazes at a rifle in a display case; and The Bottle and the Book (2015), a work consisting of a desk, a bottle of liquor and a book that reflects the artists’ inspirations.

Whitechapel Gallery

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, Greater London, E1 7QX

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Tue – Sun, 11am – 6pm (Thu until 9pm) Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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