About the work
Italian Centimeters, 2003, by Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset. Edition of 90, with a dangling cardboard tag signed and numbered by the artists. In Italian Centimeters, Elmgreen & Dragset have reinvented the metal ruler to make an incisive comment on the extraordinary abilities of Italians, pondering the question: "Why do Italians always bump into cars while parallel parking?" (Elmgreen & Dragset, 2003)
About the artist
Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset emerged in the late 1990s as one of the most radical voices in contemporary art. The two Scandinavian artists deal with topics such as stereotypes, celebrity and mass culture, and use their works to analyse the relationship between human beings and social spaces: museums, parks, private apartments, fashion stores, airports, and even public swimming baths. Their installations are like conjuring tricks that transform space into elastic, flexible structures: whether understated or spectacular, imposing or ephemeral, static or dynamic, the two artists' works are experiments in engineering that reveal the unwritten rules of our society. Michael Elmgreen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1961, while Ingar Dragset was born in 1969 in Trondheim, Norway. They currently live and work in Berlin and London. Elmgreen & Dragset have held exhibitions in museums such as: Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2013); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2011); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2010); Malmo Kunsthalle, Malmo (2007); The Power Plant, Toronto (2006); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2005); Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (2003); Portikus, Frankfurt (2001); and Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich (2001). In 2009 they represented Denmark and the Nordic countries at the 53rd Venice Biennale international art exhibition.
About the partner
Established in 1987, the Massimo De Carlo gallery is one of the most important players in the world of international contemporary art, representing artists such as John Armleder, Maurizio Cattelan, Elmgreen & Dragset, Carsten Holler, Olivier Mosset, Rudolf Stingel and Piotr Uklański. The gallery is committed to promoting and publicizing Italian art through its work with some of the most interesting voices in contemporary Italy, including Massimo Bartolini, Roberto Cuoghi, Diego Perrone and Paola Pivi. Massimo De Carlo is very active in the United States and enjoys a long-term collaboration with artists such as Dan Colen, Rashid Johnson, Nate Lowman, Rob Pruitt and Josh Smith. The gallery operates from its offices at Via Ventura, 5, Milan and at 55, South Audley Street, Mayfair, London.