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June 2–8, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back

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Film still: Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back


"Uproarious and thought-provoking"
  —New York Times
"For those not bothered by being pranked themselves, it's a hoot"
  —Hollywood Reporter

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 sculptures—for example, an oversized Pinocchio floating face down in a pool, and Him features Hitler in prayer—sell 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.


  • Fri., June 2 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sat., June 3 at 3:45, 5:45 & 7:45pm
  • Sun., June 4 at 1:45, 3:45 & 5:45 pm
  • Mon. & Wed–Thurs., Jun. 5 & 7–8 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
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