Opening: The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland

At Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Entrance: Free

In 1991 the artists and musicians Leif Elggren and Carl Michael von Hausswolff created the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland and crowned themselves as kings. KREV is the most far-reaching and most populated kingdom in the world as the kingdom consists of all border areas – the so-called no-man’s land – and the physical world and the mental and digital territories. Every time you cross a border, and every time you dream, you’re visiting the Kingdoms of Elgaland – Vargaland. 

The 25 years anniversary is not only being celebrated with the exhibition The Kingdoms of Elagand-Vargaland, but also the inauguration of the official embassy – and for the first time it will be possible to apply for citizenship in KREV in Denmark and issue a passport. 

The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland is composed by a number of objects and performances dealing with territorial ownerships, the rights to reign and decide and the civil rights. Passports, stamps, flags, national anthems, governments and embassies are among the artifacts created since the birth of Elagalnd-Vargaland, and a request of acknowledgement was sent to governments around the world. 

The starting point for the exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg is the establishment of the embassy in Copenhagen and is also a presentation and documentation of KREC and the continuous annexation of a new country and state of mind.

Leif Elggren (1950 in Sweden) lives and works in Stockholm. Elggren is a writer, visual artist, performance artist and composer. Carl Michael von Hausswolff (1956 in Sweden) lives and works in Stockholm.Hausswolff is a composer and conceptual visual artist focusing on performance, light and sound installations and photography. He’s been represented at the Istanbul Biennial, Johannesburg Biennial and Venice Biennial and Documenta X in Kassel. 

The exhibition is curated by Jesper N. Jørgensen.