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Artsper team regularly looks over all works of art of one artist and chooses 10 of them that the team absolutely wants to keep. Even though it is a completely subjective retrospective, this is the occasion for you to discover again the genius of the artist. Major figure and terrible child of the contemporary art, Maurizio Cattelan is one of the artists more collected of these last years. Artsper offers you to look over several points and anecdotes that you must know about the genius agitator Maurizio Cattelan.

Born at Padoue, Italy, in 1961, he moved for New York in the 90s. He is nicknamed the “Buster Keaton” of the contemporary art.

Two of his “polemic” sculptures that you must absolutely know are Him and La nona Ora, putting respectively on stage a Hitler kneeling and the pope Jean-Paul 2 crushed by a meteorite.

In 1995, Maurizio Cattelan put on stage his parisian gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin, disguised in pink rabbit with a giant phallus shape.

Cattelan founded both the magazines Toilet Paper and Permanent Food.

In 1996, in the framework of an exhibition at the Appel Arts Center of Amsterdam, Cattelan stole the work of an artist exhibited in a next door gallery, packing everything and presenting it as his own work, “Another Fucking Readymade”.

In 2009, he founded his own foundation Oblomob allowing an artist to live for a year provided that he did not exposed his work.

In New York, he opened his own gallery named Wrong Gallery, constantly closed where nothing was sold. On the door we could find a notice on which was written “Fuck off we’re closed”.

In 2001, during the Venice Biennale, Cattelan invited more than 100 big collectors and gallery owners at Palermo. He took them for a ride in the biggest garbage dump of the island in which he installed a replica of the big white letters of the Hollywood hill.

During the retrospective exhibition at the Guggenheim, New York, in 2011, Maurizio Cattelan created the surprise by announcing his artistic retreat.



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Maurizio-Cattelan- La nona ora

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© Sans titre- série ” Out of senses”


© Felix

Not afraid of love

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© L.O.V.E

maurizio_cattelan Sans Titre ( Autruche)

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Maurizio-Cattelan-Love saves life

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© Him



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