A self-taught artist, Maurizio Cattelan began his career designing furniture but turned to conceptual art in the early 1990s and quickly garnered a reputation for a sense of humour and  for blurring the distinction between art and reality.

He described himself as a lazy artist. Some of his actions backed up the latter claim. In 1992, for example, he assembled a group of donors to award him a $10,000 grant that stipulated that he not exhibit any artwork for one year. At the 1993 Venice Biennale by subletting his exhibit space to a perfume company.

The artist “retired” in 2011 after his Guggenheim retrospective but continues to work on projects like Toilet Paper Magazine, which he founded. In 2013 he curated a show in Turin, titled Shit n Die, during the Artissima week.

Maurizio Cattelan
Padova, 1960

Current Exhibitions

12 Sep — 27 Oct
Blenheim Art Foundation hosts a solo exhibition by Maurizio Cattelan at Blenheim Palace. For the occasion, the artist showcases a series of new...

Past Exhibitions

The Artist is Present

Yuz Museum
11/10/2018 — 16/12/2018

Knock Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art

South London Gallery
22/09/2018 — 18/11/2018

Open at Night – Festival of Lights

Villa Medici 16/12/2017 — 28/01/2018

Maurizio Cattelan: Not Afraid of Love

Monnaie de Paris
22/10/2016 — 08/01/2017

Solo Shows

Maurizio Cattelan, Kaputt, Foundation Beyeler, Switzerland

Maurizio Cattellan, Amen, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

Maurizio Cattelan, All, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York

L.O.V.E., Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy – The Menil Collection, Houston, USA – Deste Foundation Project Space, Hydra, Geece

Group Shows

Picasso Mania, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Chercher le garçon, MacVal, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
PICASSO in contemporary art, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, Triennale di Milan, Padiglione di Expo 2015 in cittM, Milan, Italy
Un museo ideale – Ospiti d’eccezione nelle collezioni del Novecento Dal Futurismo al Contemporaneo, Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy
IN PART, Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy
LIBERI TUTTI! Arte e società in Italia. 1989 – 2001, Museo Ettore Fico, Turin, Italy
Storylines: Contemporary Art at the GuggenheimSolomon, S.R. Guggengheim, New York, USA
SPIN-OFF. Opere dalla Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Centro de Arte Contemporanea de Quito, Montevideo, Uruguay
La Grande Madre, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
Going Public: Opere dalla Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield, UK

“La nona Ora, 1999” Musée des Beaux Arts de Rennes, France
“Art of Sound” Fondazione Prada, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venise, Italy
“Art Lovers”, Pinault Fondation, Forum Grimaldi, Monaco
“The Human Factor” Hayward Gallery, Southbank centre, London, England
“Untitled 2000”, YUZ Museum, Shanghai, China
“La fine di Dio”, Gagosian Gallery, London, England

DEEP FEELINGS. From antiquity to now, KunstHalleKrems, Krems an der Donau, Austria
NYC, 1993, Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, New Museum, New York
“Happy Birthday, 25 ans de la Galerie Perrotin”, Tripostal, Lille, France
“Adventures of truth-Painting and philosophy, Maeght Fondation, Saint Paul, France
“L’art a l’épreuve du monde” Depoland, Dunkerque, France
” Riotous Baroque: From Cattelan to Zurbaran” Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
“Rêves de Venise” L’institut culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, France
“Bestiario contemporaneo” Museo di storia naturale, Venice, Italy

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Padova Country of birth: Italy Date of birth: 1960 Lives in: New YorK, USA