Maurizio Cattelan – All

On Life - by von Kalweit

Last weekend, I was invited to the Guggenheim museum by a dear friend to catch the final showing of Maurizio Cattelan’s All. Cattelan is an Italian artist, most commonly known for his sculptures and installations, which are heavy on the satire.

And he’s good, no doubt about it. But it wasn’t so much his art, as it was the way his works were displayed — all were strung-up in a haphazardly manner from the Frank Llyod Wright-designed rotunda — that really made me appreciate the exhibition. I could go off on how this challenged the conventional exhibition, or how it disoriented the viewer and engaged him or her from all sides. But really, it just made sense. It gave the viewer the opportunity to view his collection as a whole, rather than piece-by-piece. (Here’s a great video of how it was put together.)

Nicely done, Guggenheim.


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