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A man stands on the street with a silver megaphone

Elmgreen & Dragset: It’s Never Too Late To Say Sorry

As part of »The City is the Star«

Fri, 19.06.2015 – Sun, 27.09.2015, Badisches Landesmuseum, Museum beim Markt


The performance by the Danish-Norwegian artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset focuses on the act of apology. Over the entire duration of the exhibition, every day at around 12 pm a man approaches a glass-domed vitrine at Karl-Friedrich-Straße from which he takes a megaphone and proceeds to call out the title of the work to passersby: »It’s Never Too Late To Say Sorry«.

Though the performance was designed in 2011 for Sculpture International Rotterdam, and was on show in Munich and New York, it alters its meaning depending on the cultural, regional, and historical context of each performance venue. In Karlsruhe, the declaration makes reference to the city, which apologizes to the inhabitants for the construction projects in the inner-city area. At the same time, and with a certain wink of an eye, this provocative action calls for passersby to reflect on their attitudes, and to express such apologies, which possibly are still outstanding.

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Karlsruhe, Stadtmarketing Karlsruhe und Karlsruher Schieneninfrasturktur-Gesellschaft
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    • Die Stadt ist der Star / The City is the Star
    • ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, 2015
    • Exhibition brochure
    • Language: German and English
    • To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the City of Karlsruhe a number of international artists were invited to get involved in the dynamic process of the city's extensive transport building projects. Rather than "Kunst am Bau" (art in architecture...

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