The lives of collectors laid bare by Elmgreen & Dragset



In a first for the Venice Biennale, two national pavilions are collaborating on a single project. The catalysts are Michael Elmgreen (Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (Norway), who have worked together since 1995. For the 2009 Biennale, they have converted the neighbouring pavilions into private residences, each one inhabited by an imaginary art collector and their prized possessions. Visitors to the ‘family home’ witness clues to an imminent break-up, whilst outside the ‘bachelor pad’ a swimming pool with a dead body floating in it is proof that all is not well. In our interview the duo talk about the stories unfolding around them, and why working and living together didn’t quite work out… The Collectors, Danish and Nordic Pavilions, Giardini, Venice until 22 November 2009