The Danish Pavilion

exhibition design / art / architecture

The Collectors’ exhibition at the 53rd Venice Biennale of Art
Curated by Elmgreen & Dragset

LOCATION: Venice, Italy
Curation & Art Direction: Elmgreen & Dragset
Venice-based Architects: Carla Seppe & MplusB Architects

Elmgreen & Dragset were commissioned to jointly curate the Danish and Nordic Pavilions. The exhibiting artists included the work of the artist duo themselves, in addition to Maurizio Cattelàn, Massimo Bartolini, Klara Lidèn and many others.

The Danish Pavilion was treated with an interior intervention that transformed the space into a domestic backdrop to exhibit the artworks. The Danish Pavilion became the abandoned home of an aristocratic Danish family. Two chatty real estate agents guided visitors through the pavilion; visitors could peer into the kitchen littered with broken dishes, glance at their own reflection in the regal polished dining room table set with crystal goblets, saunter past the lone architect’s desk and drawings pinned up on the adjacent pegboard. These decadent artifacts left behind together comprised the collective exhibition.