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The Art World's Prankster: Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan's work has bordered on criminal activity and regularly defies good taste. Maura Axelrod's film builds a compelling and intimate portrait of an enigmatic figure.

One of the most provocative and elusive figures in contemporary art finds himself the subject of Maura Axelrod's film. Catapulted to worldwide notoriety in 1999 by The Ninth Hour, a sculpture of Pope John Paul II toppled by a meteorite, Maurizio Cattelan's work has bordered on criminal activity (breaking into a gallery and stealing another artist's work) and regularly defies good taste - Him features Hitler in prayer and sold earlier this year for a whopping £12,000,000. Building his career on evasion, trickery and subversion, Cattelan is perhaps not the most reliable of interviewees, but ex-girlfriends, family members, collectors and dealers build a compelling and intimate portrait of an enigmatic figure. Bold, witty and playful as a Cattelan work itself, is this film really all it seems?

1 hour, 15 minutes

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Alan Yentob
Series Editor Alan Yentob
Executive Producer Tanya Hudson
Producer Maura Axelrod
Director Maura Axelrod

Broadcasts

  • Tue 6 Dec 2016 22:45
  • Tue 6 Dec 2016 23:10
  • Tue 10 Jan 2017 01:45