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Published: April 08 2009

© gelitin / Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery "untitled" (2009)

Since 1993, gelitin, a Vienna based artist group, has been creating sensational and thought-provoking interactive projects. “Ideas are born from boredom,” their works always have a lively sense of childlike humor. What is behind, however, is the hard work of finding out how they want to live and be lived. Their work is often reconstructed with daily, ordinary materials, and presented to viewers with mysterious and bizarre beauty. In La Louvre Paris exhibition last year, they got inspired by Musée du Louvre and its collection, while at the same time paying homage to it. Ancient columns became toilet paper. Archeological relics were turned into cheese and caramels. The anti-hierarchy spirit that endorsed Dadaism has been passed on ceaselessly in gelitin’s anarchist passion to reinterpret the structure of society, politics, and sex. Their works make us realize the importance of pursuing ultimately free expression and not forgetting the pleasure of pleasure. (E-mail from Ali, one of gelitin members)

“The image for the invitation card is a friendly lady in an undescribable mood standing infront of mount Fuji. She just came from a relaxing holiday in the Onsens of Beppu and fell in love with one of the suffering kangoroos in the local zoo. Mount fuji is crwoning hear head and she wears the mountain almost like a hat! This is one of the plasticine painting we will ship to Japan,among others. We will bring some plasticine paintings, little sculptures, and in the big room we would like to do an installation of our interpretation of Ryoanji and clunk Buddhism.”

What will the exhibition be like? Please do not miss this unexpected and sensational artists’ first solo show in Japan. Gelitin is a group of four artists (Ali Janka, Florian Reither, Tobias Urban, and Wolfgang Gantner), who met at a summer camp in 1978. They currently live and work in Vienna, Austria. The group was formerly known as gelatin and changed their name in 2005. They have exhibited in major international art fairs, including Venice Biennale and Liverpool Biennale. They had a large solo exhibition, La Louvre Paris, at Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2008. * The text was provided by Tomio Koyama Gallery.


Last Updated on April 11 2009

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