One of the world’s most irreverent and controversial artists, Maurizio Cattelan, is enjoying his first retrospective, spanning his 21-year long career, at the Guggenheim Museum.
Dubbed ‘a provocateur, prankster and tragic poet of our times’, an arresting spectacle awaits visitors as the high concept Italian artist’s lifelike waxworks, including several self-portraits, taxidermied animals and his other surreal works are suspended by cables from the oculus of the Guggenheim’s rotunda.
A complex character, Cattelan readily employs ironic humor in his work, but he’s serious about his scathing critique of authority and the abuse of power.
Another overriding theme is his obsession with mortality as witnessed with his recurring use of taxidermy.
Maurizio Cattelan: All runs till January 22nd 2012.
La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour, 1999), below, one of Cattelan’s most famous pieces, which depicts Pope John Paul II being felled by a meteorite. It reportedly sold for $2.7 million in 2004.