Sotheby’s S|2 and Venus Over Manhattan proudly present the first grand exhibition of Maurizio Cattelan titled ‘Cosa Nostra’, since his Guggenheim retrospective ‘Maurizio Cattelan: All, the 2011/12′. Cattelan’s most distinctive works will be included in the exhibition, which is curated by collector and gallerist Adam Lindemann.
In highlighting each work as its own power objects, will be in isolation at Venus Over Manhattan, and yet visitors will be immersed in Cattelan’s images in Sotheby’s S|2. Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Contemporary Art Department, Alexander Rotter says, “Maurizio Cattelan is one of the most distinctive artists of our time. Whether we are amused, shocked, or even outraged, no one can walk by Cattelan without appreciating the profound force of his work.
offers Cattelan’s artistic approach with his absurdist compositions physically and psychologically. One of the highlights of the exhibition is Cattelan’s ‘Him’, where Adolf Hitler is kneeling as a twelve year old boy. As his hands clasped together, this work could be perceived as a gesture of the most condemned leader in history praying, confronting viewers to perceive a different perspective of Hitler. It is one of Cattelan’s prime example in his exploration between good and evil, humour and irreverence.
As Cosa Nostra starts on the 30th October until 27th November at Sotheby’s S|2, and from 7th until 26th November at Venus Over Manhattan, Lindemann adds, “Our title of Cosa Nostra refers to Maurizio’s Italian roots and sensibility as well as to my confidence in him. It’s also a wink to S|2 and Venus’s collaboration on this exciting double show.”
30th October – 26th November
Venus Over Manhattan
7th – 26th November