It is five o’clock in the afternoon in Copenhagen on Halloween, 31 October 2003. Elmer has just left the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts after a master class. He is ebullient as he steps over the threshold into Egelund, where the artist Niels Reumert is opening his exhibition. Elmer contemplates a huge painting on the end wall and looks over at the artist, Reumert. “Shouldn’t I update you a little bit?” he says. Reumert looks at Elmer, indulging him as he replies, “When shall we start?” Time passes, and each time they run into each other in Copenhagen, they ask, “When shall we start?” It is March 2006. We are in a rented room in the A-Huset building at Islandsbrygge in Copenhagen. Reumert starts off, putting brush to canvas first. Elmer then takes his turn. The game is on: a challenge to the visual arts and to the picture itself. The “real” painter versus the conceptual artist: they paint and discuss. The “battle of the painting” fluctuates between confrontation and dialogue, between the artists making joint decisions and tripping each other up. To introduce their works, Reumert and Elmer have allied themselves with 18 bleeding-edge young painters. Each will contribute one work of art carefully selected by Reumert and Elmer and, with a starting point in the two artists’ project, they will each write a short text to accompany their paintings on exhibit and in the catalogue.