"Uproarious and thought-provoking"
New York Times
"For those not bothered by being pranked themselves, it's a hoot"
One of the most provocative and elusive figures in contemporary art finds himself the subject of Maura Axelrod's film. Catapulted to worldwide notoriety in 1999 by The Ninth Hour, a sculpture of Pope John Paul II toppled by a meteorite, Maurizio Cattelan's work has bordered on criminal activity (breaking into a gallery and stealing another artist's work) and regularly defies good taste. His sculpturesfor example, an oversized Pinocchio floating face down in a pool, and Him features Hitler in prayersell for millions of dollars.
Building his career on evasion, trickery and subversion, Cattelan is perhaps not the most reliable of interviewees, but ex-girlfriends, family members, collectors and dealers build a compelling and intimate portrait of an enigmatic figure, in this funny, mind-bending and visually beautiful film. His 2011 retirement? Not so permanent. Because here he is, back at the Guggenheim, installing a solid-gold working toilet that will be available for use by the general public. Axelrod's equally playful profile leaves no stone unturned in trying to figure out: who is Maurizio Cattelan?
Directed by Maura Axelrod, U.S.A,, 2016, 95 mins.
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