Aged 46, Maurizio Cattelan is one of the world’s most collected artist. La Monnaie de Paris gives him his first major retrospective in Europe: «Not Afraid of Love».

What made the «iconoclastic», «avant-garde» and «provocative» artist so successful?

Either a savvy combination of all adjectives, or, as a meandering through La Monnaie’s XVIIIth century salons might suggest, his unrivalled master of immediacy.

Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 2007, Not Afraid of Love, Monnaie de Paris 2016
Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 2007, Not Afraid of Love, Monnaie de Paris 2016

No matter their preference or culture, anyone can perceive the impact of this headless horse embedded into the wall, with two doors framing a collection of bodies lying on the floor in the background. The queer family of dogs and the chick embodies the mother and the father figures taming our deeply buried infancy fears. The child crucified on a school bench becomes the part of disenchantment we all have experienced at some point. Maurizio and his double lying on the bed emerge like mirror neurons from a bad dream.

Maurizio’s work is like a punch in the face: it moves, stirs and shakes. It is, simply, remarkable.

Visuals © Araso

Not Afraid of Love, at the Monnaie de Paris until January 8th, 2017.

Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled (Gerard), 1999, Not Afraid of Love, Monnaie de Paris 2016
Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled (Gerard), 1999, Not Afraid of Love, Monnaie de Paris 2016

Maurizio Cattelan emerged in Spring 2016 from a 5-year retirement to exhibit a golden throne entitled «America» in Guggenheim’s Museum public restrooms in New York. 

He is the editor of Permanent FoodCharley and Toilet Paper magazines.