Maurizio Cattelan

Born in Padova, 1960 and lives in New YorK, USA

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: The Last Judgement
Maurizio Cattelan's first solo exhibition in China presents 29 works from his 30+ year career that confront themes of death, social mores, the colossus of art history and the nature and value of art in globalised, contemporary society.
20 Nov 2021 - 20 Feb 2022
UCCA Center of Contemporary Art
Les Ritals
With the valuable collaboration of: Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Fondazione Armando Testa, Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Hauser & Wirth: Piero Manzoni, Perrotin: Maurizio Cattelan, Tornabuoni Arte: Carla Accardi et Lucio Fontana
19 Oct 2021 - 12 Jan 2022
Galleria Continua Paris
Maurizio Cattelan: Breath Ghosts Blind
For the occasion of his new solo show, the artist has conceived a site-specific project for the spaces...
15 Jul 2021 - 20 Feb 2022
Pirelli HangarBicocca
Third Dimension: Works from The Brant Foundation
In the second exhibition at The Brant Foundation’s New York space, "Third Dimension" features over 20 artists integral to its collection
13 Nov 2019 - 03 Sep 2020
The Brandt Foundation
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