Maurizio Cattelan

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Maurizio Cattelan (born September 21, 1960, in Padova, Italy) is best known for his facetious art productions, as surprising as they are unsettling. Poking holes at art, art history, monumentality, and nationalism, some of his satirical sculptures include La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour)”(1999), made up of a life-size wax effigy of Pope John Paul II struck down by a meteorite, that just crashed into the room from a hole in the ceiling. Another notorious work of his is entitled “Daddy Daddy” (2008), consisting of a sculptural, painted wood version of Disney’s Pinocchio, floating face down in Guggenheim museum’s rotunda pool, seemingly mocking contemporary art’s forced optimism and the authoritative status of the museum

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