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Elmgreen & Dragset

Michael Elmgreen
Born 1961

Ingar Dragset
Born 1969
Germany, Born Norway Boy Scout, 2008
Metal bunk bed, lamps, pillows, sheets, wool blanket, foam rubber mattress
Yttermått: 183,5 x 204,5 x 75,5 cm (72 1/4 x 80 1/2 x 29 3/4 in.)
Purchase 2012 with contribution from The Friends of Moderna Museet (Nordic Collection)
MOM/2012/52 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
Based on Christian values and military organisation, the Scouts have become one of the world’s largest youth movements. The Boy Scouts raise young boys to become responsible members of society and good, heteronormative fathers. The distraction of girls is kept at a distance. Temptations are to be avoided during the sexual awakening of puberty. But what happens if you are attracted by your own gender in that environment? Sharing a bed with someone means the possibility of sexual activities, but the narrow berths of a bunkbed effectively combats excessive intimacy between two people. In a subversive gesture, Elmgreen & Dragset have turned the beds towards each other, opening up for new opportunities, if only in the imagination.
- Signature, inscriptions, and markings
- Exhibition history
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