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Weltwunder (wonder of the world)

From Jun 21, 2013
Exhibition view, 2013 © Belvedere, Vienna
Exhibition view, 2013 © Belvedere, Vienna
Exhibition view, 2013 © Belvedere, Vienna
Exhibition view, 2013 © Belvedere, Vienna
Gelatin, Weltwunder, 2000 © Courtesy Galerie Meyer Kainer, Wien

Location: 21er Haus

Weltwunder (wonder of the world) by the Austrian artist collective Gelatin was first presented at EXPO 2000 in Hanover. The installation, which is located underground, can only be viewed by plunging in at the deep end. On 21 June 2013, the work conceived by the artists Wolfgang Gantner, Ali Janka, Florian Reither, and Tobias Urban had its premiere in the sculpture garden of the 21er Haus. The installation’s title addresses the longings and expectations of the spectators, some of whom take on the roles of active participants. The Weltwunder (wonder of the world) is brought about when you overcome possible fears and dive into a small water basin set into the ground: you can only experience the work when you jump over your own shadow. Yet it also enchants those who eventually shy back from undertaking the dive, for the fascination of the unknown and hidden is nourished by those who have already seen the mysterious Weltwunder (wonder of the world).

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