The Danish-Norwegian art duo of Elmgreen & Dragset (Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset) present their first solo show in the Netherlands. ‘The One & The Many’, at Rotterdam’s Submarine Wharf is organised by Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the Port of Rotterdam.

The expansive exhibition takes over the submarine wharf’s 5000m industrial space, transforming it into a run down, deprived and desolate neighbourhood. here the duo has created a surreal environment that features a specially designed block of flats, large industrial disposal bins, a parking lot with mechanics working on a white stretch limo, public toilets… a large neon sign hangs above stating ‘The One & The Many’, while a functioning ferris wheel sits in the middle of it all.

Visitors are invited to become voyeurs and take a spin on the amusement park ride that is run by two operators, to get a better view into the constructed apartments. this atmosphere puts one in a hallucinatory state, unable to decipher between reality and the made-up, leaving a sinister feeling throughout. The exhibition is guest curated by Nicolette Gast, who is a member of the Port of Rotterdam’s Art Committee.

Coinciding with the show is Elmgreen & Dragset’s new work ‘It’s Never Too Late to Say Sorry’, the work consists of a vitrine on a dark granite plinth housing a polished stainless-steel megaphone. Each day, just before midday, someone will appear, open the door of the case and remove the megaphone. At exactly twelve o’clock, they will exclaim into the megaphone: “it’s never too late to say sorry”. This performance / sculpture will be performed in Rotterdam daily for at least a year.

‘The One & The Many at The Submarine Wharf’, May 28 – September 25, 2011. Presented by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Port of Rotterdam.

‘It’s Never Too Late to Say Sorry’ at Coolsingel 45. Presented by Sculpture International Rotterdam. Debut performance, Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 11.45am