An iconocalsitc celebration of Maurizio Cattelan – “The Prankster” – and the art system he revolutionized and derided over the past 25 years. Also a tribute to one of his most renewed artwork: “Daddy, daddy“(2008) which depicts the puppet drowned in a pool at the Guggenheim.
The installation is composed by an 28cm-high wooden Pinocchio puppet from ’76 hanging from a 10-meter-long hemp rope, suspended at about 2m (this could be deliberwtelly adjusted) over a small 24K gilded wooden staircase.
Note: according to Francesco Bonami in his L’arte nel cesso (2017) the parable of contemporary art started with Duchamp’s urinal 100 years ago and ended with Cattelan’s golden toilet. True or false, a paradimg is surely exhausted, but a new paradigm is uprising. Insisting on the old one, may turn art into some kind of hauntology, while the new one is still unknow and will uncover itself spontaneously at the right time (NFTs, cryptoart…?)
At philosophical level, there are things that urgently need to be explored, narrated, expressed by art means, I can name three main fields: SETI, AI, CRISPR. Also what governance for a fully globalised world and for a humanity about to become an interplanetary civilization?