1960 · Italy
Maurizio Cattelan is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born in Italy. Maurizio Cattelan was born in 1960. Born in the same country and around the same year are Maurizio Cattelan and Grazia Toderi.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Maurizio Cattelan is represented by several galleries around the world, including countries such as the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. Galleries include Massimo De Carlo | London and Marian Goodman Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, as well as Tornabuoni Art | Paris in France. Maurizio Cattelan's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition I would prefer not to at NICC in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 17 July 2019 until 14 September 2019. Maurizio Cattelan's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Inaugural exhibition (05 March 2019 - 19 April 2019) at Leila Heller Gallery | New York in the United States and The Party (12 July 2018 - 31 August 2018) at Anton Kern Gallery in the United States.
Maurizio Cattelan in private collections
Historical Context of Italy
The classical era of the Romans has exerted a significant influence on the cultural and intellectual development of Italy, contributing to the uniqueness of the country and its sumptuous artistic legacy. Italy is also the country that epitomizes the Renaissance, “Riniscita” in its original language, which signifies “rebirth”. From the early 1400s, the Renaissance has been an intense period of cultural and political flourishing, engendering revivals in art, architecture, music, poetry and philosophy. Although significantly affected by the fascism of Mussolini in the modern and contemporary period, Italy has never lost its place as one of the most essential artistic centres, home to pioneering movements such as Futurism and Arte Povera, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement. Some highly influential Italian artists from the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.
Further Biographical Context for Maurizio Cattelan
Born in 1960, Maurizio Cattelan's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, the 1980s was influenced by a period of quickly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Important art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain prominence, notable artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.