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1 / Where are the works of Maurizio Cattelan exhibited?
Maurizio Cattelan is a leading artist of contemporary art, whose talent was internationally recognized after the exhibition in 1999 of his work “La Nona Ora”, a wax statue of John Paul II struck by a meteorite. Since then, his works have been exhibited in many countries. Since 2010, his work “LOVE” has been exhibited in Piazza Affari in Milan; in 2011, he exhibited 2000 stuffed pigeons in Venice; in 2012, the Guggenheim Museum in New York presented a retrospective of his works; in 2016, he was invited to exhibit some of his most important works at the Paris Mint; in 2018, he organized an exhibition in Shanghai; in 2019, his work “Comedian” is exhibited in Miami.
2 / Why did Maurizio Cattelan create the work "Him"?
“Him” is a sculpture by Maurizio Cattelan, created in 2001. It represents Adolf Hitler, kneeling, praying. Obviously very controversial, especially since it was exhibited in the very heart of the Warsaw ghetto, its creator justifies the creation of this work by the fact that the artists have very little approached such a subject. It seems that the position of the sculpture alludes to that of Willy Brandt, German Federal Chancellor between 1969 and 1974, held on December 7, 1970 in front of the memorial to the dead of the same ghetto. This gesture was aimed in particular at asking forgiveness for the German crimes committed.
3 / For what reasons Maurizio Cattelan titled his work “America”?
“America” is a work created in 2016 by the Italian Maurizio Cattelan. It is a sculpture made from 103 kilos of solid 18 karat gold, shaped like a toilet! It is portrayed as a satire on the wealth gap in the United States, a country in which wealth inequalities are only increasing. Originally, the work was created for the Guggenheim Museum in New York; functional and available to visitors, 100 people would have lined up to use these toilets. The work was then installed at Blenheim Palace, UK, in 000. A few days later, it was unfortunately stolen; it has still not been found.
4 / Who is Maurizio Cattelan?
Maurizio Cattelan is an Italian artist, both sculptor, engraver, photographer, painter and designer. He was born in 1960 in Padua, a city in northern Italy, and lives and works in New York. He trained independently, and began his career at the end of the 1900s. His works, inspired by objects and people from the real world, have the particularity of provoking and leaving room for different interpretations. It was towards the end of the 2000s that his works were successful on the contemporary art market and among collectors around the world.
5 / With whom Maurizio Cattelan created the Toiletpaper magazine?
Toiletpaper is an artists' magazine that was founded in 2010 by Maurizio Cattelan, figure of contemporary art, and Pierpaolo Ferrari, famous photographer and artistic director. One of a kind, Toiletpaper is halfway between magazine and art book. All the images it contains, since its creation, are intended to appeal to those who look at them; surprisingly, none of the photos were faked! We can say that Toiletpaper is a committed magazine; indeed, the images generally denounce the current consumer society, where everything is played on appearance. Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari have also signed a capsule collection for Seletti, which uses images from the magazine Toiletpaper.