July 29, 2004 - Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris - Maurizio Cattelan
July 29, 2004

Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan

Musee D’art Moderne De La Ville De Paris / ARC
tel : 01 53 67 40 51


Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 2004 (Mixed media, lifesize) Photo by: Attilio Maranzano. Courtesy: Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan   

After showing his work in 1994 in L’Hiver de L’Amour (1994) and in Delta (1997-98) at the MUSEE D’ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS / ARC, Maurizio Cattelan presents for his first one person show in a Parisian institution, a new project titled Now. Opening on October 1st and running until October 31st, as a project of MUSEE D’ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS / ARC, this exhibition will take place in a venue specifically selected by and for the artist.

For more than 10 years Maurizio Cattelan has produced illusory realities and alternative universes in which rules are subverted and unconventional strategies applied. Confronting malaise and rupture in today’s society with the tools of dark humor and straight fiction, Cattelan’s work traces the borders of new territories of possible freedoms.

Cattelan’s Now addresses the issue of unresolved power, as it depicts a historical icon in a moment of loss. Cathartic ceremony, Now is also a requiem for a dream: it freezes the end of democracy, while capturing a splinter of unfinished history.

As always, Cattelan himself refuses to take any fixed moral or ideological position about his own work, dealing instead with reality in all its complexities and contradictions. As all of Cattelan’s projects, Now is first and foremost an image which mirrors our hysterias and fears, as it turns into a receptacle of anxieties and a medium of communication.

This project takes also place in the program of “Nuit Blanche” 2004.

Maurizio Cattelan was born in Padua in 1960. He has had solo exhibitions in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2001) and more recently, at the Ludwig Museum in Koln (2003) and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2003). Cattelan has participated in five editions of the Venice Biennale (2003, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1993) as well as in many other collective exhibitions such as Manifesta (1998) and the Whitney Biennial (2004).

In parallel the MUSEE D’ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS / ARC at the Couvent des Cordeliers :
Annette Messager Sous vent
June 9 – October 3, 2004
Off the record_sound ARC
June 25 – October 3, 2004
Art, television et video : utopies d’hier, enjeux pour demain ? : – Ready to Shoot : Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum (galerie televisuelle) / videogalerie Schum
– David Robbins, Ice Cream Social
– Olivier Bardin, Televisions
October 23 – november 28, 2004

Rirkrit Tiravanija
December 16, 2004 – February 13, 2005 Etc

Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris
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