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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Maurizio Cattelan: All

I found out earlier this week I was a corporate member to the Guggenheim Museum but only until Dec 31st 2011. I decided I had to go as soon as possible considering admission is $18! I arrived at the museum at 1:30pm and it felt a little crowded but we were able to walk right in. On our way out at around 3pm there was a long line curved around the block. 

I didn't do any research before getting there and was so amused to see Maurizio Cattelan's Novecento hanging from the ceiling of museum's rotunda.  The whole exhibit is a giant mobile gone wild with all of his works (except two) on display in no particular order. The exhibit is a retrospective of 128 works collectively entitled "All". 

I started at the top and worked my way down mesmerized by his works.  Looking at this exhibit brings up many emotions; laughter, awe, surprise, and unease.  Some of the most eye catching pieces were: a wax figure of Hitler in the scale of a young boy kneeled and supplicating entitled Him hangs near the top. A few steps down the rotunda is a huge (20 feet long by 26 feet high) resin skeleton sculpture of a house cat entitled Felix (after Felix the cat).  Further down is a life size sculpture of a barefoot John F Kennedy in a a coffin and towards the bottom is a large scale black and white photograph of Maurizio Cattelan rolled on his back, tongue hanging out, with his hands and feet up like a dog begging for his belly to be rubbed. 

This exhibit is one not to be missed on display now until January 22, 2012.

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