Rotterdam, Netherlands: In Rotterdam, the Netherlands, running through Aug. 12, is the latest work by Gelatin (also sometimes spelled Gelitin), a Vienna-based art collective known for breaking taboos, evoking nervous laughter, and getting intimate with bodies and their excretions.
What are they exhibiting
There were four giant turds inside the 16,000 square feet of museum space. One mammoth piece of faeces was reminiscent of a long, winding steel sculpture by Richard Serra. One was a brown spiral. Another resembled an enormous chocolate chip. Yet another featured intertwined layers with a gap in between that one could have crawled through if one is been brave enough.
All four sculptures of faecal matter sat on elegant Persian rugs, like welcome-home gifts left by a huge, vengeful dog.
The four artists who make up the collective, Wolfgang Gantner, Ali Janka, Florian Reither and Tobias Urban, spent two weeks building up the sculptures in situ in the large contemporary galleries at the Boijmans before the opening on May 19. A team of helpers first constructed enormous plaster casts and then covered them by hand with thick brown clay.
Viennese Actionism, whose artists often used their own naked bodies as a canvas, and blood, tard cum or entrails as their materials. Since 1993, Gelatin has exhibited all over the world, including at the Venice Biennale, the Greene Naftali Gallery in New York, a cave in Puerto Rico, and, most recently, at the Fondazione Prada in Milan.