Today inaugurates Maurizio Cattelan’s retrospective “All” at the Guggenheim. I was invited to the opening party, where photography of the exhibit was permitted as an exception to the rule. The structure of the exhibit is quite unconventional, which is fitting for such an unconventional artist. Over 130 works created by Cattelan since 1989 are featured hanging haphazardly from the great domed ceiling of the museum. Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, writes, “The exhibition is an exercise in disrespect: the artist has hung up his work like laundry to dry.” One of the riggers who I met this evening told me that it took about five months to install the whole thing, and it was quite a feat of engineering, as each work had to be balanced with all the others. Each sculpture, seemingly so out of context, invites the viewer to imagine how it was originally conceived and displayed.
Clockwise from far left, Untitled 2007, originally shown at KÃƒ ¶lner Synagoge, Stommeln; Untitled 2007 from the Menil Collection in Houston; Untitled (Stephanie) 2003; Untitled 2004, originally shown at La Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Piazza XXIV Maggio, Milan, Italy.
Clockwise from top right, Untitled 2001, originally shown at Museum Boymans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands; “Ave Maria” 2009 originally shown in Museum fÃƒ ¼r Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; Untitled 2009, originally shown at the Tate Modern in London; “L.O.V.E.” 2010, originally shown at Piazza Affari, Milan