UCCA Beijing

UCCA on Campus
The Well Fair: An Art Fair inside a Museum


Location:  CAFA Museum
Language:  English with Chinese simultaneous interpretation

For Scandinavian art duo Elmgreen & Dragset's first exhibition in Asia, UCCA's Great Hall is transformed into a fictional art fair with multiple rows of rectangular booths arranged in a fishbone grid in the middle of the room mimicking the generic architecture of commercial art fairs worldwide. This broad presentation of works provides a unique opportunity

to view Elmgreen & Dragset's works arranged in new constellations, bridging topics and making evident recurring themes from throughout the artists' oeuvre: from the examination of institutional architecture, sociocultural topics and art history, to existential subject matters linked to identity and sexuality. For this installment of UCCA on Campus co-hosted by the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), artists Elmgreen & Dragset converse with CAFA students about the efforts and ideas behind The Well Fair, sharing their twenty years of experience as a team. UCCA director Philip Tinari moderates the conversation, and simultaneous interpretation is provided. Here, students are given a platform to directly engage the artists with the aim of igniting passion and future success.

The conservation is also included in CAFAM International Artists Series Talks.

Ticketing: Free


*Collect your ticket from reception 30 minutes before the event begins.

* Please no late entry.


Elmgreen & Dragset (Artists)

Michael Elmgreen (b. 1961, Copenhagen, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (b. 1969, Trondheim, Norway) are based in Berlin and have worked together as an artist duo since 1995. They have held numerous solo exhibitions in art institutions worldwide, including PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2015); Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (2014); Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2014); Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2013); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2011); ZKM Museum of Modern Art, Karlsruhe (2010); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2009); The Power Plant, Toronto (2006); Serpentine Gallery, London (2006); Tate Modern, London (2004); and Kunsthalle Zürich (2001). Their work has been included in the Liverpool (2012), Singapore (2011), Moscow (2011, 2007), Gwangju (2002), São Paulo (2002), Istanbul (2013, 2001), and Berlin (1998) biennials, and in 2009 they received a special mention for their exhibition "The Collectors" in the Nordic and Danish Pavilions at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Amongst their most well known works are Prada Marfa (2005)—a full scale replica of a Prada boutique in the middle of the Texan desert—and Short Cut (2003)—a car and a caravan breaking through the ground, which was first shown in Milan and now resides in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. The artists were shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2000) and won the Preis der Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2002). In 2012 Elmgreen & Dragset were selected for London's Fourth Plinth Commission in Trafalgar Square.


Philip Tinari (Director, UCCA)