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Exhibition Opening

Opening Reception for Gelitin: Democratic Sculpture 7

09.23.2023 05:00 PM

Event Summary

This exhibition opening by Gelitin, presented as part of the fifth Chicago Architecture Biennial, was the debut of Democratic Sculpture 7. The Viennese group, made up of Ali Janka, Florian Reither, Tobias Urban, and Wolfgang Gantner, first met in 1978, “when they all attended a summer camp” – and they have been “playing and working together” ever since. Known internationally for their ambitious public art projects and transgressive performances, Gelitin are indefatigable partisans of the ludic impulse in art, forever honoring Friedrich Schiller’s claim that “man only plays when he is in the fullest sense of the word a human being, and he is only fully a human being when he plays.” The major new sculpture made a brief public appearance at the Chicago Cultural Center on September 21 before it was installed at the Neubauer Collegium.