Copenhagen

Vilhelm Hammershøi, A Room in the Artist’s Home in Strandgade, Copenhagen, with the Artist’s Wife, 1902, oil on canvas, 25 × 23 5⁄8".

Vilhelm Hammershøi, A Room in the Artist’s Home in Strandgade, Copenhagen, with the Artist’s Wife, 1902, oil on canvas, 25 × 23 5⁄8".

“There I Belong: Hammershøi by Elmgreen & Dragset”

SMK | National Gallery of Denmark

Through his unadorned portraits and interiors, Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864–1916) brought the famous melancholic Nordic light of contemporary landscape paintings into the homes of the Danish bourgeoisie. While today his paintings may be commonly used to sell Scandinavian design, Hammershøi remains an artist’s artist. For “There I Belong: Hammershøi by Elmgreen & Dragset,” Hammershøi fans Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset offered a fresh take on the iconic painter. As in the Istanbul Biennial they organized in 2017, the artist duo displayed their mastery of curating with modesty and style, here bringing nine classic paintings by Hammershøi together with their own work and that of nine other contemporary artists dealing with domesticity in a show that explored the problem of what it means to be framed by—or belong to—a house and all it contains: furniture, personal effects, memories, and

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