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Maurizio Cattelan is dead / Maurizio Cattelan, a former leading figure in the world of contemporary art, died of cardiac infarction last Sunday at his home in New York, his family said. Gavin Brown office@mauriziocattelan.net

Maurizio Cattelan is dead
Maurizio Cattelan is dead

In April 2002 the global art world seriously thought, Maurizio Cattelan was dead. Please ask my former art dealer Sueo Mizuma or Hideki Aoyama what kind of reactions in those turbulent times occurred.
Why protesting Maurizio appeared at the booth of MIZUMA ART GALLERY during an art fair in New York remains the talk of the town until today.
The local Japanese art scene remained for a short time in turmoil, as the global art world looked to Tokyo and wondered what happened.

Probably I will execute this Cattelan’s body of work again.

Further details can be read in the text by Japanese art critic Kentaro Ichihara “Mario A – An Artist of Japan as an Eternal Revolutionary”, published in the bilingual book “Mario A – The Japanese Artist” 2004 Ronsosha, Tokyo.
https://ronso.co.jp/book/マリオ・a%E3%80%80日本美術家/

May I attach some memorial documents, taken from the above mentioned book.
The body of work from 2001-3 is precisely named as:
“01.09.01. – 11. death of www.mauriziocattelan.net”
Means of artistic practice:
Installation, performance, video work (maurizio e morto), photograph, painting, sculptural work, alcohol, music, mixed media, e-mail-work on 2002 March 11th, 21st, 27th, April 1st and September 1st, 12th, homepage art work “Maurizio Cattelan: dead or alive?”.

Maurizio Cattelan is dead in the art magazine etc
“Maurizio Cattelan is dead” @ the Japanese art magazine “etc.”
Press Release by Gavin Brown “Maurizio Cattelan is dead”
Press Release by Gavin Brown “Maurizio Cattelan is dead”
Maurizio e morto performance
“Maurizio e morto” performance
maurizio e morto @ Atom Heart Mother, Tokyo
“maurizio e morto” @ Atom Heart Mother, Tokyo
Maurizio Cattelan @ Atom Heart Mother, Tokyo
Maurizio Cattelan sitting in Atom Heart Mother, Tokyo
Johnnie Walker @ maurizio e morto
Johnnie Walker @ “maurizio e morto”
Vivienne @ “maurizio e morto”
Vivienne @ “maurizio e morto”
in god we trust @ “maurizio e morto”
in god we trust @ “maurizio e morto”
in god we trust
in god we trust
Cattelan bottle @ Atom Heart Mother
Cattelan bottle @ Atom Heart Mother, Tokyo
Gerhard Richter
Original work by Gerhard Richter “Bridge 14. FEB. 45” 2000 (center top, courtesy Mario Ambrosius Collection purchased @ Wako Works of Art, Tokyo)
Mario A “Ground Zero Sen” 2002, both exhibited during “01.09.01. – 11. death of www.mauriziocattelan.net” @ Atom Heart Mother
Mario A We will not fail 2002
Mario A “We will not fail” 2002, exhibited during “01.09.01. – 11. death of www.mauriziocattelan.net” @ Atom Heart Mother
Several works by Mario A, exhibited
Several works by Mario A, exhibited during “01.09.01. – 11. death of www.mauriziocattelan.net” @ Atom Heart Mother
Mario A “Kamikaze Art Education” 20 x 32 cm, mixed media 2002
Mario A “Kamikaze Art Education” 2002, 20 x 32 cm, mixed media
Mario A “Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Peace Monument” 54.5 x 40.7 cm, mixed media, 2001
Mario A “Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Peace Monument” 2001, 54.5 x 40.7 cm, mixed media
Mario A “Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Peace Monument” 54.5 x 40.7 cm, mixed media, 2001
Mario A “Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Peace Monument” 2001, 54.5 x 40.7 cm, mixed media
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Mario A “ma poupée japonaise”, part “Maurizio Cattelan” 2002, mixed media, 97 x 30 x 20 cm, in “Dolls of Innocence” @ Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo 2004
Mario A “Maurizio Cattelan” 2002,
“Maurizio Cattelan” 2002, mixed media, 97 x 30 x 20 cm @ Mario A “La donna è mobile” Elaine Levy Projects, Bruxelles, 2006
snapshot @ Yokohama Triennale 2001, courtesy by Chie Sumiyoshi
snapshot @ Yokohama Triennale 2001, courtesy by Chie Sumiyoshi
FAI IL BRAVO CATTELAN
“FAI IL BRAVO” CATTELAN
Maurizio Cattelan explaining during the Opening of the Yokohama Triennale 2001 his new untitled work
World Premiere @ the Opening of the Yokohama Triennale 2001, Maurizio Cattelan explaining his new untitled work
Mario A “Tu sei il Berlusconi dell’arte” 2001 (His Imperial Highness Prince Takamado with wife, who sadly passed away in 2002)
Mario A “Tu sei il Berlusconi dell’arte” 2001 (His Imperial Highness Prince Takamado, who sadly passed away in 2002)
Mario A in collaboration with Maurizio Cattelan “RIGHT GALLERY NEW YORK” booth @ Art 34 Basel (extract from the Art Basel catalogue)
Mario A in collaboration with Maurizio Cattelan “THE RIGHT GALLERY NEW YORK” booth @ Art 34 Basel (extract from the Art Basel catalogue)
Mario A in collaboration with Maurizio Cattelan “THE RIGHT GALLERY NEW YORK” 2002, New York
Mario A in collaboration with Maurizio Cattelan “THE RIGHT GALLERY NEW YORK” 2002, New York
Mario A in collaboration with Maurizio Cattelan “THE RIGHT GALLERY NEW YORK” 2002
Mario A in collaboration with Maurizio Cattelan “THE RIGHT GALLERY NEW YORK” 2002
Joe Suzuki Mario A “The Japanese Artist” in PEN, April 2003
Review by Joe Suzuki “Mario A ‘The Japanese Artist'” in PEN, April 2003

As explained in the review by Joe Suzuki, I couldn’t understand why Maurizio quit his art practice in 2001. “How dare you to stop creating works shortly after 9/11”, as the function of being an artist is exactly in those precarious times to answer the questions by the population, the society, ergo the interested art audience.
Not being afraid in putting the arty finger into open mental wounds.
I know, it sounds pretentious, an exaggerated concept for a practicing artist. (Being covered only in the culture/entertainment section of the newspaper.)
However, in 2001 I felt disappointed by Maurizio’s decision.
After his many deaths as an artist, see his last Guggenheim show, the resurrection of Maurizio was just a matter of time. Obviously he chose the 20th Anniversary Commemoration of 9/11 as the right moment.
What should have had become a personal reflection on 9/11… developed into…?
I may wonder if he really succeeded, honestly having my doubts.
It seems, the most important work, the Schlüsselwerk/key work “Blind” had been “censored” by the New York museum curators.
Sorry to say Maurizio -, not convincing to me.
Probably too much time has passed.
A sincere contribution to humankind? Impossible.
Myself realised in the meantime several 9/11-related art projects which echoed successfully through the Japanese art world. That’s it. And should be like that.

Let’s be honest. People constantly suffer from amnesia, the global socio-political map changes every 2 years, the history of art perception wants to be rewritten every 10 years, advancement in technology and progressive thinking make younger generations immune to old historical problems. Context-wise, artists should care about the contemporary or the future and less about the past.
Tokyo, 2021/10/12
Mario A

Following are the new works by Maurizio, which give you perspective.

Maurizio Cattelan @ Marian Goodman Gallery
Maurizio Cattelan @ Marian Goodman Gallery
Maurizio Cattelan “found work” no date @ Marian Goodman Gallery, Art Basel 2021
Maurizio Cattelan “found work” no date @ Marian Goodman Gallery, Art Basel 2021
Maurizio Cattelan “found work” no date @ Marian Goodman Gallery
Maurizio Cattelan “found work” no date @ Marian Goodman Gallery
Maurizio Cattelan “found work” no date, detail
Maurizio Cattelan “found work” no date, detail
Maurizio Cattelan “Ghosts” 2021 60 taxidermied pigeons, detail @ Marian Goodman Gallery
Maurizio Cattelan “Ghosts” 2021, 60 taxidermized pigeons, detail @ Marian Goodman Gallery
Maurizio Cattelan “NIGHT” 2021, Stainless steel, black paint, bullet holes 148 x 281 x 5 cm, Ex 2:3 (+ 2 AP) @ Massimo De Carlo, Art Basel 2021
Maurizio Cattelan “NIGHT” 2021, Stainless steel, black paint, bullet holes 148 x 281 x 5 cm, Ex. 2/3 (+ 2 AP) @ Massimo De Carlo, Art Basel 2021
Maurizio Cattelan “NIGHT” 2021, Stainless steel, black paint, bullet holes, detail 1
Maurizio Cattelan “NIGHT” 2021, Stainless steel, black paint, bullet holes, detail 1
Maurizio Cattelan “NIGHT” 2021, Stainless steel, black paint, bullet holes, detail 2
Maurizio Cattelan “NIGHT” 2021, Stainless steel, black paint, bullet holes, detail 2
Maurizio Cattelan “Brother” 2021, 18 karats Gold, 12,5 x 10 x 6 cm, 1:3 Editions + 2 AP @ PERROTIN, Art Basel 2021
Maurizio Cattelan “Brother” 2021, 18 karats Gold, 12,5 x 10 x 6 cm, 1/3 Editions + 2 AP @ Perrotin, Art Basel 2021
Maurizio Cattelan “Brother” 2021, 18 karats Gold, 12,5 x 10 x 6 cm, 1:3 Editions + 2 AP @ PERROTIN
Maurizio Cattelan “Brother” 2021, 18 karats Gold, 12,5 x 10 x 6 cm, 1/3 Editions + 2 AP @ Perrotin
Maurizio Cattelan “Ghost” 2021, 65 taxidermized pigeons, detail @ Perrotin, Art Basel 2021
Maurizio Cattelan “Ghost” 2021, 65 taxidermized pigeons, detail @ Perrotin, Art Basel 2021 (me: Ghost or Ghosts?)
Maurizio Cattelan Blind 2021
Maurizio Cattelan “Blind” 2021

learn more via:
Caro Maurizio, you did it again…fai il bravo (2021/7/14)
https://art-culture.world/articles/caro-maurizio-you-did-it-again/


Maurizio Cattelan Comedian 2019, banana and tape
Maurizio Cattelan “Comedian” 2019, banana and tape
Maurizio Cattelan, Comedian 2019, banana, tape
Maurizio Cattelan “Comedian” 2019, banana, tape
Maurizio Cattelan
Maurizio Cattelan: The Last Judgment
2021.11.20 – 2022.2.20 @ UCCA

Maurizio Cattelan: The Last Judgment
2021.11.20 – 2022.2.20
https://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/maurizio-cattelan//

quote:
UCCA presents the first solo exhibition in China by Maurizio Cattelan, one of the most influential artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Curated by Francesco Bonami, the exhibition will be a journey inside the mind and the vision of perhaps the best-known Italian artist of the modern era. Thought-provoking, amusing, challenging, and inspiring, Cattelan’s art digs into the soil of human experience to expose the fears and emotions that rule our entire existence. Starting from a small picture from 1989 (Lessico familiare) and continuing through a series of exploratory self-portraits, Cattelan takes viewers on an imaginative journey through history. The exhibition promises to both entertain and shock the audience. The nearly 30 works on display will reveal to UCCA’s public for the first time the oeuvre of a master of contemporary art: an artist who constantly blends inspiration with communication, blurring the boundaries between art and the world of advertising and media.