Maurizio Cattelan AMEN
November 16, 2012 – February 24, 2013
A part of the exhibition can be seen on 14 Próżna St. in Warsaw
Cattelan's last works are a highly personal and dramatic inquiry into the meaning of suffering and anguish, which we drive from our consciousness, but which are an integral part of life from birth right up until death. Agonized figures are a kind of memento, which move the viewer and, in doing so, triggers an awareness of the loss of sensitivity to the human suffering ever present in the media. The realism of the sculptures calls to mind the veristic iconography of the Middle Ages and Caravaggio's paintings; the dirty feet of both the tormented woman and the hung child command us to remember that just a moment ago, they were treading the earth, walking amongst us.
In a Warsaw ravaged by the cataclysmic 20th century, Maurizio Cattelan's works take on a particular dimension; they become an artistic commentary on the Catholic credo… what, in fact, does love thy enemy mean? What does forgive those who trespass against us mean? Evoking the traumas of history, they deal with memory and forgetfulness, good and evil.
The exhibition is organised with the cooperation of the Italian Institute of Culture in Warsaw
Partners: The City of Warsaw, Kultura Liberalna
Project implemented with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritege of Poland.
Organizer: Art and Its Time Foundation (Fundacja Sztuka i Współczesność)