See You in Venice: Biennial Foundation Reception + Talk by Elmgreen & Dragset and Mami Kataoka

This year’s Biennial Foundation Annual Reception will take place during the opening of the 57th Venice Biennale, on 10 May 2017.


TALK – 4pm-5pm
Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, and Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney, talk about their plans for the highly anticipated upcoming editions of these two prominent biennials. Moderated by Biennial Foundation’s director, Rafal Niemojewski.

Drinks reception honouring Elmgreen & Dragset, Mami Kataoka and supporters of the Biennial Foundation.

Speakers’ Biographies

Based in London and Berlin, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have worked as a collaborative duo since the mid-1990’s. Well-known for siting a Prada boutique in a Texan desert in 2005, the artists have been commissioned to create a number of sculptures internationally within the public realm: in 2016, their large-scale work Van Gogh’s Ear, which takes the form of a displaced swimming pool sitting upright, transformed the Fifth Avenue entrance to the Channel Gardens at the Rockefeller Center, New York; A Greater Perspective, an oversized and non-functional bronze telescope, was installed on New York’s High Line from 2015 to 2016, simultaneously drawing attention to and disrupting a secret view of the Statue of Liberty; HAN, a contemporary revisioning of the Danish national icon The Little Mermaid, was installed permanently at Kulturevaerftet Helsingør, Denmark in 2012; Powerless Structures, Fig. 101, the winning proposal for the Fourth Plinth Commission selected by the City of London, was on view in London’s Trafalgar Square from 2012 – 2013; and in 2012 the artists were commissioned by the Munich city council to create and curate a programme of installations across Munich’s main squares. The resulting a year-long artistic project, A Space Called Public / Hoffentlich Öffentlich, included the artists’ own work as well as the work of a number of other contemporary artists.

Elmgreen & Dragset have staged numerous national and international institutional exhibitions at venues including Museum Haus Lange, Kunstmuseen Krefeld (2017); FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2016); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2016); the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2016); PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2015); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, touring to Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (2014); Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2013 – 2014); ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsrühe (2010); Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam (2011); MUSAC, León (2009); Malmö Konsthall (2007); Serpentine Gallery, London (2006); MCA Chicago (2005); Tate Modern, London (2004); and Kunsthalle Zurich (2001). In 2003, Elmgreen & Dragset won the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, and the artists were awarded Special Mention at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) for The Collectors at the Danish and Nordic Pavilions. The artists have conceived, written and directed theatre productions at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2009), and the Performa 11 biennale, New York (2011), in addition to curating exhibitions including Do Not Disturb: At the Invitation of Elmgreen & Dragset, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo (2014).

Mami Kataoka has been the Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo since 2003 where she has curated numerous notable exhibitions including ‘Roppongi Crossing’ (2004, 2013); ‘Sensing Nature: Perception of Nature in Japan’ (2010); as well as major survey shows of prominent artists in Asia such as Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Ai Weiwei, Lee Bul, Makoto Aida, Lee Mingwei, and N.S. Harsha (upcoming). Between 2007 and 2009, Ms. Kataoka was the International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London, during which time she curated ‘Laughing in a Foreign Language’ (2008) and co-curated ‘Walking in My Mind’ (2009). She was Chief Curator at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery from 1998 to 2002. Currently she serves as a board member of CIMAM, a member of Guggenheim Museum Asia Art Council and an advisory member for Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Ms. Kataoka frequently writes and lectures on contemporary art in Asia. She is a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduate School.

The event is free but registration is required. To request a ticket please e-mail: @

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