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Artists Ingar Dragset and Michael Elmgreen.

Elmgreen & Dragset to Curate 2017 Istanbul Biennial

The artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset has been appointed the curators of fifteenth edition of the Istanbul Biennial. The exhibition, organized by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by Koç Holding, will run September 16 through November 12, 2017.

“We are honored to be appointed curators of the fifteenth Istanbul Biennial, having previously taken part as artists in three editions of the biennial,” the artists said in a prepared statement. “In light of the current global geopolitical situation, in which we’re experiencing a new rise of nationalism, it will be important for us to curate a biennial based on collaborative efforts and processes. Collaboration is something that feels natural to us, since we have been working together as an artist duo for more than twenty years. A biennial can be a platform for dialogue, and a format in which diverse opinions, perspectives, and communities can coexist.”

The day before the announcement, Elmgreen & Dragset debuted their latest public artwork, a large, vertical swimming-pool sculpture titled Van Gogh’s Ear, at Rockefeller Center, hosted by Public Art Fund. The duo has many public projects, including Prada Marfa, 2005, a fake Prada store outside the iconic Texas town; they represented the Danish and Nordic pavilions at the Venice Biennale in 2009.

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