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September 19th, 2005, 11:19 PM

Artists erect giant pink bunny on mountain

An enormous pink bunny has been erected on an Italian mountainside where it will stay for the next 20 years.


The 200-foot-long toy rabbit lies on the side of the 5,000 foot high Colletto Fava mountain in northern Italy's Piedmont region.

Viennese art group Gelatin designed the giant soft toy and say it was "knitted by dozens of grannies out of pink wool".

Group member Wolfgang Gantner said: "It's supposed to make you feel small, like Gulliver. You walk around it and you can't help but smile."

And Gelatin members say the bunny is not just for walking around - they are expecting hikers to climb its 20 foot sides and relax on its belly.

The giant rabbit is expected to remain on the mountain side until 2025.

September 20th, 2005, 04:31 AM
Pink bunny will turn grey soon enough.

September 20th, 2005, 10:43 AM
Lofter, where did you find this?!

September 20th, 2005, 10:57 AM
http://www.gelitin.net/mambo/images/stories/diverses/hase_digi.jpg (http://www.gelitin.net/mambo/content/view/31/71/)

September 20th, 2005, 11:50 AM
That is one unhappy looking bunny.

September 20th, 2005, 12:06 PM
Those crazy artists.

September 20th, 2005, 01:12 PM
Lofter, where did you find this?!
Here: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1541732.html

September 20th, 2005, 01:21 PM
Seems there is a soap opera here ...

Former lover accuses Cattelan of stealing her ideas

John Hooper in Rome
Tuesday July 19, 2005
The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/italy/story/0,12576,1531419,00.html (http://www.guardian.co.uk/italy/story/0,12576,1531419,00.html)

The man recently named as the world's most influential artist has been accused of stealing ideas from a former lover, herself an internationally renowned figure in the art world.

Maurizio Cattelan is Italy's most successful contemporary artist. In 2004 after his sculpture of a hanging horse, The Ballad of Trotsky, was auctioned for $1.2m (now £686,000), ArtReview magazine put him at number four on a list of the art world's VIPs. It was the highest ranking for any artist.


The Ballad of Trotsky, a suspended,
taxidermised horse, that recently sold
at auction for $2.1m (£1.15m)
Photo: PA

An inveterate prankster, Cattelan once persuaded a curator to dress up for the sake of art in a pink bunny suit. But the latest controversy was ignited in an interview published last month by the Italian edition of Vanity Fair.

The Genoa-born artist Vanessa Beecroft - best known for her disturbing installations of living, almost nude, models - said she had had an affair with Cattelan before either became famous and that she was the source for many of his ideas.

"It was in 1990," she said. "I worked in a gallery in Milan. All I really did was open and close the door. One day he turned up. I didn't know who he was and he tried to persuade me to steal the works in the gallery.

"Later he introduced himself and we saw each other for a period. I've always been infatuated with him. He gave me very beautiful presents, objects taken from the rubbish."

Asked how the affair ended, Beecroft was quoted as replying: "It ended with there being a lot of rivalry between us. Every time that I tell him something, he turns it into reality."

Cattelan's output is varied whereas Beecroft, whohas bulimia, has remained obsessed with getting her public to confront its ideas about the female body. Nevertheless, there is a similarity between two works the artists produced in 2002, both involving representations of human beings standing on their heads: Milan seen by Beecroft, and Cattelan's Frank and Jamie.


Frank and Jamie by Maurizio Cattelan.
Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty

Confronted with Beecroft's claims this week, Cattelan neither confirmed their affair, nor denied specifically the insinuation of plagiarism.

Of their alleged romance, he said: "I have the right to remain in silence. Whatever I say could be used against me."

Asked if he had stolen ideas from Beecroft, he said: "As the prime minister would say, I think there has been a misunderstanding." Italy's leader, Silvio Berlusconi, is notorious for denying earlier statements by claiming to have been misunderstood by the media. Pressed on whether he stole ideas from others, Cattelan replied: "Was Warhol robbing Marilyn [Monroe's] identity when he painted her? And what was Cézanne doing? Robbing apples? In art, all you can do in the end is appropriate that which surrounds you. So it is never a robbery. At the most it is a loan. Unlike thieves, artists always give back the stolen goods."

September 20th, 2005, 01:31 PM
Wool left out in the rain.

That only works when it is still attached to the sheep.

September 20th, 2005, 01:33 PM
This Cattelan guy has a way of getting attention and getting folks riled up ...

Freedom of Expression:
'I don't do anything. I just eat images'


"In a designer restaurant above the Trussardi leather handbag shop in Milan's Piazza della Scala, the artist Maurizio Cattelan is carefully pouring water from two different carafes into his own glass. But is it really him? After all, there are rumours that he hates talking to journalists so much that sometimes he sends a friend to masquerade as him. 'How do I know you are you?' I ask as he attaches my tape recorder precariously to one of the carafes. 'Sorry. Can't help you there. I don't know who I am,' comes the response, as he rearranges the corner of the tablecloth.

Cattelan, 40, may be one of the world's most talked about modern artists right now, but he's not the most articulate. In fact, he would be happy to leave Massimiliano Gioni, art director with his Milan sponsors, the Trussardi Foundation, to talk for him. Currently, Cattelan is recovering from an attack of 'art rage': a Milanese man was so incensed by his 'installation' of three children hanging by their necks, eyes open, from a tree that he cut them down. It is not clear whether this was a triumph for Cattelan or a tragedy. He is not suing the attacker but Milan authorities are busy determining whether the installation was really a work of art, in which case the saboteur would face charges.


Gioni compares the attack to the destruction of the Buddha by the Taliban three years ago. 'Only people who are not ready to accept challenges to their way of thinking carry out this kind of attack,' he says. But Cattelan admits the reaction was perhaps, without realising it, what he was looking for. 'It was very important that this work was exhibited outside. But that is why people found it so unbearable. Safely inside a museum, it would have been a huge success.'

None the less, the controversy seems to have given Cattelan a boost in the global art market. Days after the sabotage, one of his best-known older pieces, a suspended, taxidermised horse titled The Ballad of Trotsky, was auctioned in New York for $2.1m (£1.15m). Cattelan claims he won't get a penny of that money - he sold the horse in 1996 for $5,000. Still, what is it like knowing your work is worth so much? 'It's like going to sleep 14 years old and waking up 30,' he says. 'Things that maybe seemed a joke before are now taken more seriously.'

Cattelan is often described as a Shakespearian fool, expressing universal truths about themes such as power, death and authority through what appear to be jokes or stunts: a stuffed squirrel that has shot itself at the kitchen table, Pope John Paul II struck down by a meteorite, a child like Hitler praying on his knees. One exhibition comprised of a 'back soon' sign on the door of an empty gallery; another time, Cattelan denounced a robbery of an 'invisible exhibition' to Italian police. His work tries to subvert and challenge contemporary thinking, blurring the distinction between art and reality to provoke reaction. And Cattelan has persuaded numerous curators to join in: one was made to wear a giant, phallic, pink bunny outfit throughout a five-week show, while two others had to pedal dynamo bikes to generate the exhibition lighting.

'It only takes a minute to have the idea,' Cattelan says. After that he usually commissions someone else to do the necessary stuffing or moulding. 'I don't do anything. I just keep eating things. In this case images and information. And then there's a process of selection and separation that's not really conscious. I work more with my stomach than my brain. It's a digestive process. I don't know what of.'

These days Cattelan scoops at least $200,000 (£110,000) for every new piece. Did he expect to do so well? 'No. I did the same thing in other fields in the past and I was treated as an idiot. In this field, I don't understand why, I'm doing the same things and it's appreciated. As long as people say, 'Here the idiot counts,' why change what I do?'

Cattelan likes describing himself as an idiot. He refuses to take a stance, and claims he doesn't know what his work means. 'I suppose when I do know the therapy will be over,' he jokes. The Trussardi Foundation describes his work as something between 'childlike curiosity and sophomoric rebellion', and there is a lot about his awkward personal presentation to support this. Eventually, over coffee, he says: 'My aim is to be as open and as incomprehensible as possible. There has to be a perfect balance between open and shut.'

He admits that the location of his work is crucial. 'You need a situation where the work and the place short-circuit.' The Milan bambini was to hang under a bridge in London, originally, but apparently there is a UK law that says you can't attach things beneath bridges. 'I'd love to give it to the House of Lords now as a gift. But I don't think they'd like it.'

Under the tree where the children no longer hang, a kind of 'speakers' corner' has established itself where still-confused Milanese debate whether the children were too real and therefore overstepped the limits of art. As far as Cattelan is concerned, his hanging subjects are almost all very much alive. His stuffed horse, suspended from a ceiling, is not dead but 'in a state where it cannot exercise force, express energy. It's like a very powerful car. If you lift it from the ground even if you put it in top gear, you don't move... I don't know how I thought that up,' he adds. 'Maybe that's how I was feeling.'

He is keen to capitalise on the success of his dead horse, and increase production while the going is good. He has new work going on display in the Louvre in September and more in the pipeline for London next year. Meanwhile, his bambini are due to be revived - only to be hung again - in Seville this autumn. 'I've never worked so hard,' he says. 'I have become an employee of art.'

Cattelan worked for years in odd jobs as a postman, cleaning floors, cooking. He has even earned his keep donating sperm and working in a mortuary. 'There was always a goal. Work was always necessary to survive. Then I decided the goal should be to survive without working. But now I have much more work than I had before,' he says. 'Hunting for freedom, I've found the real prison. but at least it's a prison I've chosen for myself.'

(Sophie Arie, The Guardian, June 23, 2004)

September 20th, 2005, 01:53 PM
Some of Cattelan's other work:


Untitled, 1995



La Nono Ora, 1999
(aka The Pope Struck Down by a Meteorite)


Not Afraid of Love, 2000




Him, 2001
wax, human hair, suit, polyester resin
39-3/4 " x 16-1/8 " x 20-7/8 "


Untitled, 2001
stainless steel, composition wood, electric motor, electric bell, computer
23-1/2 " x 33-5/8 " x 18-5/8 "


Maurizio Cattelan self-portraits

September 20th, 2005, 01:55 PM
Interview with Maurizio Cattelan (http://www.sculpture.org/documents/scmag05/sept_05/webspecs/cattelanenglish.shtml) Sculpture Magazine Sept-05

September 20th, 2005, 02:02 PM
And one more for you Squirrel afficianados ...

Cattelan's Bidibidobidiboo

The scene of crime: a little taxidermied squirrel appears to have committed suicide by shooting itself with a tiny handgun at a yellow kitchen table (perhaps driven to suicide by the sink full of squirrel sized washing up nearby....).


In Cattelan’s installation Bidibidobidiboo, the viewer searches for a world within a world, a domestic narrative within a domestic environment, under the roof of a public space. By dislocating the experience from the white cube of the gallery space to familiar environs, Cattelan shifts the art experience from the public realm into the personal.

By reducing the human experience to a miniature diorama, Cattelan exaggerates the fragility of life. Bidibidobidiboo balances a child-like innocence and humour with violence or death.

While on the surface Bidibidobidiboo entertains, on closer consideration the tragic condition of comedy unfolds. The artist reminds us that laughter heals — not as escape but as a release of our experiences.

Cattelan’s works blur the boundaries between art and entertainment, performance and reality. Situationist humour is key to his work. His sculptures, installations, actions and performances manage to subtly criticize the dominant structures of cultural production, questioning the politics and media, hierarchies and class systems that define contemporary life.

Today, Cattelan is successful enough an artist to engage assistants for the technical production and the maintaining of his artworks.

For Another ****ing Readymade (sic!), he broke into a gallery and stole another artist’s entire show to exhibit as his own. He produced a doctor’s certificate to get out of attending an opening, and once hung a sign on the locked gallery door that read, "I’ll be right back," leaving viewers perpetually waiting. Yet, despite this evasion, the art world has become charmed by his games, perhaps enjoying the laughter at its own expense. ~ Suzanne (Jan 24, 2003)


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September 20th, 2005, 02:12 PM
Kinda reminds me of the beatup plush Barney doll that's a permanent fixture outside a store on St. Mark's Place.

September 20th, 2005, 02:13 PM
http://www.gelitin.net/mambo/images/stories/diverses/hase_digi.jpg (http://www.gelitin.net/mambo/content/view/31/71/)
Jasonik, do you mind telling us where u found this image?

September 20th, 2005, 02:18 PM
Through the Roof

Prices for contemporary art are stratospheric. Watch out for meteorites.


Scenes from a frenzy:

Just two years after Italian artist and notorious prankster Maurizio Cattelan made "The Ninth Hour" (La Nona Ora) in 1999, Geneva dealer Pierre Huber bought the life-size wax sculpture of Pope John Paul II being felled by a meteorite for $886,000.

On Nov. 18 he flipped it at a Phillips auction in New York for $3 million.

September 20th, 2005, 02:18 PM
Click on it.

September 20th, 2005, 02:25 PM
^ Thanks.

More great images of the bunny via that link here: http://www.gelitin.net/mambo/component/set_albumName,rabbit/option,com_gallery/Itemid,28/include,view_album.php/

September 20th, 2005, 02:27 PM
Pink bunny will turn grey soon enough.
The artist foresaw that:

http://www.gelitin.net/albums/rabbit/rabbit_face.sized.jpg (http://www.gelitin.net/mambo/index.php?full=1&set_albumName=rabbit&id=rabbit_face&option=com_gallery&Itemid=28&include=view_photo.php)

June 28th, 2008, 11:12 AM
Anyone who can post more recent pictures from this project [ gelitin - Hase / Rabbit / Coniglio ] will receive many thanks ;)

Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=gelitin+rabbit&m=text) has some photos, but none beyond January 2007

In 2005 the group of Austrian artists who "did the bunny" changed their name from gelatin to gelitin (http://www.gelitin.net/mambo/index.php?set_albumName=album14&option=com_gallery_proj144&Itemid=91&include=view_album.php&PHPSESSID=69b35784fe1369f1d4a8e6f0b0c81717) ...

metacafe has a short vid (http://www.metacafe.com/watch/387586/google_earth_enormous_rabbit_in_italy/) of the bunny as seen on Google Earth (including zoom and rotate) :D .

The rabbit under snow (http://mocoloco.com/art/archives/001950.php) :cool:



In the summer of 2007 the gelitin gang did a "performance (http://www.gelitin.net/mambo/index.php?set_albumName=album22&option=com_gallery_proj144&Itemid=91&include=view_album.php&PHPSESSID=69b35784fe1369f1d4a8e6f0b0c81717)" in the sand at Coney Island ...

http://www.gelitin.net/albums144/album22/digcunt02.thumb.jpg (http://www.gelitin.net/mambo/index.php?set_albumName=album22&id=digcunt02&option=com_gallery_proj144&Itemid=91&include=view_photo.php)

digging deep / photo by gelitin


June 28th, 2008, 08:55 PM
Thank YOU sooo much Lofter!
As a disillusioned professional artist (because I haven't see much art produced by anyone with any talent for such a long while),
It was refreshing to read about someone I had NOT heard about before....
"The pope hit by a meteorite"
http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1410000/images/_1411500_pop_150.jpg is such a breath of fresh air to see,
considering today's art circles of mostly no talent wannabe's! http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/alles_moegliche/mixed-smiley-023.gif