Maurizio Cattelan is Dead

Apr 30, 2013 6:24PM

In the summer of 2009, Triple Candie presented Maurizio Cattelan Is Dead: Life & Work, 1960–2009, the first retrospective of the Italian artist’s work. A year later, the exhibition was installed at Deste in Athens. The wall texts for the exhibition were based on snippets and sound bites gleaned by Triple Candie during their research, and were purposely riddled with misinformation and misquoted sources, giving them a kind of Chinese Whispers effect. The purpose of this was to present the element of art that is lost in translation, or so to speak, between artist and admirer, curator and critic, in the process of reiteration and circulation of information. The exhibitions, and now the book, ask the public to examine how one's own perception is dictated by the mediums through which we view the art work.  Edited and published by Triple Candie, the book intends, as the exhibitions did, to question narrative reliability. At the time of both shows and the publication of the book, the artist was still very much alive. 

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