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gelitin

Galerie Meyer Kainer

The artists formerly known as Gelatin—Ali Janka, Wolfgang Gantner, Florian Reither, and Tobias Urban—have been working since 2005 under the name gelitin, probably in order to stop being confused with calves’-foot jelly and shapeless, quivering blobs. After all, this Austrian artists’ collective has historically been far more interested in mud. Take, for example, last year’s exhibition at the pristine Kunsthaus Bregenz, where visitors were invited to join in veritable mud orgies in a “Mudplex,” which became the scene of sometimes quite impassioned mud wrestling. (The sensual pleasures of gelitin’s work are typically combined with extreme sports.)

This show operated along similar lines. It marked the first exhibition at the newly renovated Galerie Meyer Kainer, a former beer hall that architect Wilfried Kühn has transformed into a solemn, windowless temple of art. The boys from gelitin adorned

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