Maurizio Cattelan at the Guggenheim Museum

Siding with controversy and bending the rules once again is 51-year-old artist Maurizio Cattelan. The Italian mischief-maker’s aptly titled ‘All’ exhibition was a showcase of his entire back catalogue dating all the way back to 1989. Descending from the ceiling of New York’s Guggenheim Museum, Cattelan chose to compile all of his life’s work into one suspended installation, dangling overhead from straps and cables like a nightmarish baby mobile.

Considered one of the most thought-provoking artists of our generation, Cattelan was successful in raising a few eyebrows once again. Drawing on aspects of popular culture and organised religion, his work consists of hyper-realistic sculptures that sometimes cut a little close to the bone, yet always lightened though his trademark dose of humour. The arrangement of work appears almost like a mass execution, demonstrating Cattelan’s rebellion against the concept of a traditional exhibition, whilst celebrating his chilling genre and artwork.


Exhibition Dates : November 4, 2011–January 22, 2012