With his show All, presented at Guggenheim NY in 2011, we thought that “all” had been said. But, as often with Maurizio Cattelan, we were on the wrong track…
What should have been the final greeting of a dazzling career, constituted by artworks which have marked their times, with scandals, profundness, tumult and humor, was actually another of his irreverence. Five years later, Cattelan comes back to work. He chose Monnaie de Paris for his most important exhibition in Europe, and the largest one since his retrospective in New York.
Curated by Chiara Parisi, this exhibition is “deeply” inhabited by the artist. A selection of artworks, those ones whose images remain forever in our mind, will be displayed in the 18th century salons of Monnaie de Paris.
Irreverent, brilliant, mischievous, funny, serious, provocative, cynical, school boyish, Maurizio Cattelan is never where one can expect to find him. Cattelan’s faces are all uppercuts knocking us out. And that constitutes his ultimate paradox, his great ability of transforming a leak into a sublime pirouette: Cattelan will never have been so present in an exhibition, and yet each of his artworks yells his absence.
The effigy of Cattelan, the art of staging, will be the beating heart of the exhibition at Monnaie de Paris. A starting place to answer to his question, as tongue-in-cheek than metaphysics, "is there a life before death?”
"The question is about displacement, relocation, absence, the act of observing an object knowing that its place is elsewhere."
On the occasion of his great comeback exhibition Not Afraid of Love, fourty-four personnalities of contemporary life are invited to presented their argumented reaction, For or Against, an artwork displayed in the exhibition.
These figures of creation, of thought, of spirit of outr world are asked to express themselves on a specific artwork, to give their perspective and interpretation:
Goga Ashkenazi, Audrey Azoulay, Ministre de la Culture et de la Communication, Fabien Baron, Karol Beffa, Gérard Berréby, Laurence Bertrand Dorléac, Bernard Blistène, Christian Boltanski, Francesco Bonami, Caroline Bourgeois, Père Michel Brière, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Monique Canto-Sperber, Charlotte Casiraghi, Beatrice Copper-Royer, Massimo De Carlo, Jean-Pierre Elkabbach, Lydia Flem, Dario Franceschini, Massimiliano Gioni, Nicolas Godin, Vittorio Grigolo, Inez & Vinoodh, Jonas Jacquelin, Christian Lacroix, Jack Lang, Laurent Le Bon, Thomas Lenthal, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Jean de Loisy, Marie Rose Moro, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Benjamin Pech, Nora Philippe, Olivier Py, Elisabeth Quin, Bruno Racine, Guy Savoy, Camille de Toledo, Oliviero Toscani, Augustin Trapenard, Tasha de Vasconcelos, Frère Olivier-Thomas Venard, Philippe Vergne, Olivier Zahm.