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Artists return to the church

The artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have organised the group show The Others (until 22 January 2017) at St Agnes—a former Catholic church in Berlin remodelled as a new space for König Gallery—featuring 12 contemporary artists taking on Christian iconography. “The exhibition is about the representation of the body in religious imagery,” Dragset tells The Art Newspaper. Many works “reclaim the identity that was excluded by the Church,” Elmgreen adds. Among the highlights are Andres Serrano’s Black Jesus (1990), from the same immersion series that includes Piss Christ, and Elmgreen & Dragset’s Reversed Crucifix (2016), where a man is tied by his hands and feet facing a cross—a pose closer to erotic bondage than martyrdom.

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