Artist

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.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
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
Beijing
Exhibitions
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
Paris
Exhibitions
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
Milan
Exhibitions
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
New York
Art Spaces
Massimo De Carlo Pièce Unique
Galleries in Paris
Gagosian Geneva
Galleries in Geneva
Tornabuoni Arte Florence
Galleries in Florence
Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong
Galleries in Hong Kong
Perrotin Hong Kong
Galleries in Hong Kong
Massimo De Carlo London
Galleries in London
Massimo De Carlo, Milan
Galleries in Milan
Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong
Galleries in Hong Kong
Massimo De Carlo, Palazzo Belgioioso
Galleries in Milan
Tornabuoni Arte Milan
Galleries in Milan
Massimo De Carlo, Casa Corbellini-Wassermann
Galleries in Milan
Related Content
Interviews
“New ancestral images”: Nicola Ricciardi interviews Maurizio Cattelan – Read
Articles
Arte Generali: A new Initiative by Generali Group with a Launch Campaign by Oliviero Toscani and Maurizio Cattelan – Read
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