Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset

Galerie Klosterfelde

Most people would never notice Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset’s Linienstraße 160 (neue Mitte), 2005. Except, of course, the neighbors. The title of the work is also its address, the original site of Klosterfelde gallery in Berlin’s Mitte district. Elmgreen and Dragset removed the gallery’s front and back walls, transforming the white cube into a courtyard passageway. Outfitted with mailboxes, doorbells, and nameplates for fictional residents, as well as a fake door, the passage is closed off with an iron gate, permanently locked. Any passerby, glancing beyond the iron bars, would assume the entrance to be part of yet another renovated apartment building. Only locals know that the passage is actually an impasse with all the veracity of a movie set.

Once again, Elmgreen and Dragset attacked gentrification by aping its tools. Their new Mitte recalls a gated community, inhabited by people

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