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.