The Power Plant presents The Welfare Show, a large scale thematic exhibition by Scandinavian artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. Elmgreen and Dragset are well known for their large-scale interventions into gallery architecture and its mechanisms of display. In an ongoing series entitled Powerless Structures, the artists have rebuilt and refashioned gallery interiors, offices, and ancillary spaces. Elevated Gallery/ Powerless Structures, Fig. 146, for example, is a gallery office suspended in mid-air by two large helium-filled balloons. Most recently, the artists opened a fully realized Prada store in the middle of the West Texas desert.Prada Marfa is a store with no entrance that has been stocked with Miucci Pradas 2005 fall accessories. Following its inauguration in October 2005, the store has now been left to decay..
The Welfare Show is a multi-tiered installation and performance work that offers a provocative commentary on the erosion of social welfare programs throughout the world. The exhibition is produced by the Bergen Kunsthall, Norway, in collaboration with The Power Plant and the BAWAG Foundation, Vienna, Austria. It will be accompanied by an ambitious publication addressing the global changes in the relationships between states and citizens since the 1980s.
Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have collaborated since 1995, and live and work in Berlin. Their work has been featured in exhibitions around the globe, most recently at the Kunsthalle Zurich as well as in the 25th Bienal de São Paulo and the 2002 Kwangju Biennial, Korea. They are the recipients of the prestigious 2002 Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst (National Gallery Prize for Recent Art) presented by the Hamburger Banhof, Berlin.
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