View of “Elmgreen & Dragset,” 2011.

Elmgreen & Dragset

Submarine Wharf

View of “Elmgreen & Dragset,” 2011.

The Submarine Wharf is so enormous that it has been compared to Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. In fact, this exhibition space in the port of Rotterdam is so big it could accommodate an entire four-story residential tower block, a parking lot, a Ferris wheel, and a fifty-five-yard-long subway tunnel—all elements in The One & the Many, 2011, an installation by the Danish and Norwegian duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. This marked the second time the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has used the giant shipyard as an exhibition space. Last year Rotterdam-based Atelier Van Lieshout converted it into a human recycling factory; this summer Elmgreen & Dragset transformed it into a dreary suburb—the kind of place where teenage moms push their prams around and lonely souls leave filthy messages in public toilets.

The tunnel was a particularly smart move. It functioned like a sort

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