Italian, born in 1960
Provocation, irreverence and derision run through the work of Maurizio Cattelan, a major and international figure in contemporary art. Since the end of the 1980s, the numerous installations, sculptures and performances of the Italian artist have been real events.
Maurizio Cattelan's works regularly take up real-world objects and people, which he hijacks and stages, most often with macabre irony. The artist likes to flirt with the limits of perception and morality. La Nona Ora (1999), sculpture in polyester resin presenting Pope John Paul II, reproduced on a real scale, crushed by a meteorite, or Him, realistic statue representing Adolf Hitler kneeling as an altar boy, preserved in the Pinault Collection, are part of this singular and radical approach.
True fetishes of contemporary art, the works of Maurizio Cattelan from the Pinault Collection have been exhibited on several occasions at Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi.