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April 2011

Secret exhibition in Rotterdam’s harbour

28 May – 25 September 2011

You will hear the names Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset a lot this summer. The internationally renowned Scandinavian art duo is coming to Rotterdam this summer and they have free rein in the former Submarine Wharf. An experience not to be missed...

Elmgreen & Dragset, Photo: Emanuele Cremaschi
Elmgreen & Dragset, Photo: Emanuele Cremaschi

Following their Prada store in the Texas desert and their exhibition at the Venice Biennale, where they transformed the Nordic pavilions into collectors’ villas where strange things happened, now it is time for Elmgreen & Dragset to visit Rotterdam. Their exhibition The One & The Many will be on display in the Submarine Wharf in the RDM complex the heart of Rotterdam’s harbour for the whole summer.

It’s Never Too Late to Say Sorry
In this exhibition the artists will create a surreal and voyeuristic experience. The Submarine Wharf will have an abandoned atmosphere with humorous elements that will evoke pleasant childhood memories. The precise details of what will be on display will remain top secret until the opening on Saturday 28 May.

The same day will see the unveiling of Elmgreen & Dragset’s sculpture ‘It’s Never Too Late to Say Sorry’ on the Coolsingel in Rotterdam. The public art work consists of a beautifully designed display cabinet containing a polished stainless-steel megaphone. The cabinet stands on a granite plinth. Every day, just before midday, a person will appear and open the small door in the display cabinet. At exactly 12 o’clock this person will announce ‘It’s never too late to say sorry’ through the megaphone. The megaphone will then be placed back in the display cabinet. This disturbance of daily life on the Coolsingel will be repeated every day for a year. The work questions our behaviour in the public realm in a subtle and poetic manner. ‘It’s Never Too Late To Say Sorry’ has been commissioned by Sculpture International Rotterdam, which manages the city’s collection of public sculptures.

The Submarine Wharf from 1937 is comparable in size to the in Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in London. The building is part of the former RDM complex in Heijplaat. The Port of Rotterdam and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen teamed up last year to work on an intensive five-year programme of contemporary art projects in the Submarine Wharf.