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The Art of Satire How Superflex used humor to take on the corporate world


THREE’S COMPANY: From left, Fenger, Christiansen and Nielsen of the Danish art collective Superlex.

SITTING AROUND their studio, on the ground loor of a low-key oice building in the gentriied northern part of Copenhagen, the core members of the Danish art group Superlex seem far less confrontational than you might expect. From their bases in Copenhagen, Stockholm and London, Jakob Fenger, Bjørnstjerne Christiansen and Rasmus Nielsen have been working together for 25 years on politically charged projects that have taken them everywhere from Texas to Africa, via Bangkok, Japan and many of the world’s most prestigious art galleries. This year sees their most high-proile commission to date, with the recent announcement that they are the latest artists invited to ill the vast Turbine Hall of London’s Tate Modern. Yet, despite the glamorous projects and globe-trotting lifestyle, the three men, all in their 40s, appear surprisingly grounded, dressed in casual clothes, with a beard here, some gray hair there and plenty of lines around the eyes.

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