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Mystery in the Submarine Wharf
May 2011

Metamorphosis of Rotterdam’s Submarine Wharf

28 May – 25 September 2011

The doors of the Submarine Wharf in Rotterdam’s harbour will finally open again this weekend. The mysterious exhibition, including an abandoned fairground ride, will open on Saturday 28 May.

Elmgreen & Dragset in front of the limo, one of the objects in their exhibition in the Submarine Wharf (2011). Photo: Femke Hoogland.
Elmgreen & Dragset in front of the limo, one of the objects in their exhibition in the Submarine Wharf (2011). Photo: Femke Hoogland.

The Scandinavian artists Elmgreen & Dragset have been invited to create an exhibition specially for the 5000m2 wharf formerly used for building submarines. Michael Elmgreen (Denmark 1961) and Ingar Dragset (Norway 1969) have created the installation ‘The One & The Many’, which has transformed the Submarine Wharf into an eerie and forbidding underworld. Exactly what is on show remains top secret for now.

Work by Elmgreen & Dragset is also to be found in Rotterdam’s city centre. On the day the exhibition opens in the Submarine Wharf, Saturday 28 May, their work ‘It’s Never Too Late to Say Sorry’ will be unveiled on the Coolsingel. This new performance/sculpture, commissioned by Sculpture International Rotterdam, will be displayed in Rotterdam for a year. It is a brief interruption of everyday life in the city centre: each day at midday, the phrase “It’s never too late to say sorry” will be announced through a megaphone.

Click here for the schedule of the official opening on Saturday 28 May.

The exhibition in the Submarine Wharf has been organised by the Port of Rotterdam and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, with the financial support of the BankGiro Loterij and the Municipality of Rotterdam.

The Bilderberg Parkhotel is offering special arrangements for the exhibition ‘Beauty in Nature’ and the exhibition in the Submarine Wharf. More information will be available on the hotel’s website from the end of May.

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