Maurizio Cattelan

Castello di Rivoli

Maurizio Cattelan has achieved such international renown of late that he was asked to represent his generation at the last Venice Biennale, alongside Ettore Spalletti and Enzo Cucchi. His project took the form in part of an intervention into Spalletti’s and Cucchi’s contributions, which was in keeping with the “parasitism” that characterizes much of his oeuvre.

Among the fewer than ten works that comprised Cattelan’s recent solo exhibition were three enlarged and elongated supermarket carts. At the press preview, the carts were filled with paintings and small pictures (later they were exhibited empty), as if to demonstrate that the art system has become a kind of supermarket. This derisive, somewhat scornful attitude holds the key to Cattelan’s success: he cannily manipulates the reactions of the public, for example, by plundering popular advertisements for images and behavioral models.

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