The Art World’s Prankster: Maurizio Cattelan

This BBC special which is in essence a slightly shorter version of the feature documentary Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back is an extremely interesting examination of one of the most provocative and elusive figures in contemporary art Maurizio Cattelan.

In 1999 Cattelan unveiled a sculpture entitled The Ninth Hour, it was a piece  which showed Pope John Paul II getting struck by a meteorite and it was this  controversial work of art which saw Cattelan’s stock rise as he gained worldwide notoriety within the the art world.

In this film we see how Cattelan’s work has always been controversial, sometimes even borderline criminal (having broken into another gallery and stealing some other artists work), many feel he lacks taste but when he recently sold a sculpture of  Hitler on his knees praying for an incredible £12,000,000 Cattelan secured his place in the art world.

Cattelan himself may not be the most reliable of interviewees considering he has built a career on evasion, trickery and subversion but through conversations with  ex-girlfriends, family members, collectors and dealers this film provides us with some fantastic insight into this strange character, but is this film all that it seems?

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