Biography of Maurizio Cattelan
Maurizio Cattelan (born 1960 in Padova, Italy) is an internationally recognised Italian contemporary artist and curator, commonly referred to as the prankster of the art world. He is known for his darkly satirical and provocative style, his distinctive taxidermied animals and his scathing critiques of authority, power, and corruption. One of his most notorious pieces La Nona Ora (1999) depicts the former Pope, John Paul II, being crushed by a meteor. The work epitomizes the artist's desire to scandalize, as well as his fascination with morbidity and death, recurring undercurrents in almost all his creations.
Recent exhibitions include shows at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2012); the Menil Collection, Houston (2010); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2008), the Tate Modern, London (2007), and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2003). Career highlights include a major retrospective of his work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2011) for which he positioned 128 of his unorthodox works hanging from the central rotunda. Maurizio Cattelan has also participated in the Venice Biennale (1993, 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2009) and was awarded the Arnold-Bode prize from the Kunstverein Kassel, Germany in 2004. Cattelan lives and works in New York.