“Breath Ghosts Blind” the personal exhibition of Maurizio Cattelan, one of the most famous artists in the world, can still be visited until February 20 at the Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit the installation, we advise you not to lose it and immerse yourself in the reality of this exhibition that Cattelan, through his practice over the course of his thirty-year artistic career, has staged.
His works underline the paradoxes of society and reflect on political and cultural scenarios with depth and insight. Making use of iconic images and a sharp visual language, his works often arouse heated debate fostering a sense of collective participation.
In conceiving works starting from images that draw on moments, historical events, figures or symbols of contemporary society – sometimes evoked even in its most disturbing or traumatic aspects – Cattelan invites the viewer to change point of view and to recognize the complexity and the ambiguity of reality.
The exhibition offers a vision of collective and personal history through a symbolic representation of the cycle of life.
In combining new works with the reconfiguration of historical work, the exhibition develops in a sequence of distinct acts that address existential themes and concepts such as the fragility of life, memory and the sense of individual and community loss.
The unprecedented site-specific project questions the current system of values, including symbolic references that belong to the collective imagination.
His projects and monographic exhibitions have been presented in internationally renowned institutions, including Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire (2019); Monnaie de Paris (2016); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2016 and 2011); Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Basel (2013); Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2012); Palazzo Reale, Milan, The Menil Collection, Houston, Deste Foundation Project Space, Hydra (2010); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2008); MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2007); Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Civic Gallery of Contemporary Art, Trento (2004); MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2003); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2002).
Maurizio Cattelan has also taken part in important collective exhibitions, including Yokohama Triennale (2017 and 2001); Venice Biennale (2011, 2009, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997 and 1993); Gwangju Biennale (2010); Biennale of Sydney (2008); Whitney Biennial, New York, Seville Biennial (2004); Biennale de Lyon (2003), Skulptur Projekte Münster (1997).
Finalist of the Guggenheim Hugo Boss Prize (2000), the artist received the Rome Quadrennial Award (2009), the Arnold-Bode Prize, Kassel (2005), the honorary degree in Sociology from the University of Trento ( 2004) and the title of Honorary Professor in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara (2018).