Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset

Galerie Klosterfelde

When Martin Klosterfelde decided to move his gallery to a new location, he asked the Berlin-based artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset to create a new work for the inaugural show. The duo responded by installing an exact replica of the old gallery within the new one. Visitors expecting a fresh look into the future were instead ushered into the immediate past. The facade, the glass doorway, the walls, the lights, and even the electrical plugs from the former space were all painstakingly reproduced to 90 percent scale. Apart from the lighting and electrical fixtures, this gallery-within-a-gallery showed nothing but empty white walls.

The installation, appropriately titled Linienstraße 160, 2001, after Klosterfelde’s original address, is part of an ongoing investigation of exhibition spaces, or what Brian O’Doherty once criticized as “the white cube.” Elmgreen & Dragset, who are,

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