Maurizio Cattelan

Born in 1960 - Italy


Maurizio Cattelan is an italian artist born in 1960. He currently lives in New York.

He entered the contemporary art market by the end of the 2000s through an innovative procedure. By sending a thousand emails with copies of his catalogues with all his créations in it, which at that time were mostly small wooden furniture. The procedure was a success, between the happening and the communication operation, which did not fail to make him known.

Maurizio Cattelan's works are full of irony, he critizes the art market. His satirical esprit leads him to make atypical and original creations, in form of sculptures. He bases his work on frictions of our society to cause a certain discomfort It is a new artistic territory that he covers and which he became quickly identified with.

We remember specially his piece in 1999 "The Novo Ora" (The ninth Hour) where he show us Pope John Paul II crushed by a meteorite. He attacked religion as well as the Italian Icon that the pope embodies.

Without any taboo, he continued his subversive process by exploiting the figure of Hitler. Very realistic, he poses him, knees on the ground, actually doing a prayer. Presented by the simple name of "Him", he places his character in the former Warsaw ghetto, an appearance which was a sensation when exposed in 2012, after being exposed in Sweden for the first time in 2001.

Having a lot of humor, he did not hesitate to portray himself lying in a coffin in 2004 with the label "Now."

Finally, in 2010 the artist was invited by the Mayor of Milan to do ten créations for the city. One of them, called LOVE which was posed on a major square of the city and represents a hands with only the major finger stands tall while the other fingers are cut.

Maurizio Cattelan is considered today one of the major artists of the contemporary scene. He did a solo exhibition at the Monnaie de Paris in 2016.

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Exposition personnelle

at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich;
Artpace, San Antonio, Texas;
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris;
the Kunsthalle Basel, Basel;
Project 65 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York;
at Castello di Rivoli, Turin;
Le Consortium, Dijon;
Wiener Secession, Vienna.
Major retrospective, assembling 130 objects of Cattelan's career since 1989, opened in 2011 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Skulptur Projekte Münster (1997),
the Tate Gallery, London (1999),
the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2003)
the Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2003),
Venice Biennale (1993, 1997, 1999, and 2002),
Manifesta 2 (1998), Luxembourg,
Melbourne International Biennial 1999,
2004 Whitney Biennial in New York.
2012 group show Lifelike originating at the Walker Art Center.

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