Details of deception and irruptions in Maurizio Cattelan’s inventions




Maurizio Cattelan. Detail. Nancy Spector. Nicolas Bourriaud. Venice Biennale.


Maurizio Cattelan's poetics is filled with wrong and irreverent details. It can be a pigeon inside a room at Venice Biennale or a chasm in the floor of a museum, it is the inscription "Hollywood" in the wrong place, it is a strange door in an alley of Chelsea in New York, an ambiguous word in a sign or a stolen expression in an interview. Details of stories and interiors then become devices to activate interpretative practices, relational aesthetics and postproductions, to create misunderstandings because – as the artist claims – "truth is only the moment when you claim something like yours".


Não há dados estatísticos.

Biografia do Autor

Stefania Portinari, University of Venice

Portinari is Research Associate and Aggregate Professor in History of Contemporary Art at the Department of Humanities at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy).


BOIS, M.; REINHOLD, B. (ed.). Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky. Arkitektur. Politik. Geschlecht. Neue Perspektiven auf Leben und Werk. Basel: Birkhäser, 2019.

BONAMI, F. Survey. In: Maurizio Cattelan. London, New York: Phaidon, 2003.

BOURRIAUD, N. Postproduction Culture as Screenplay: How Art Reprograms The World. New York: Lukas & Sternberg, 2002.

BROWN, M. Dead squirrel takes centre stage in new Maurizio Cattelan exhibition. The Guardian, 25 September 2012, <>. Consulted 1 September 2019.

CATTELAN, M. 6th Caribbean Biennal. Dijon: Presses Du Reel, 2001.

CELANT, G.; SOLDAINI, A. (ed.). 47a Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte. Futuro Presente Passato, Milano: Electa, 1997.

CHOI, L., Maurizio Cattelan Interview. 31 aprile 2004, <>. Consulted 10 September 2019.

GENTILI, A. Lotto, Cariani e storie di scoiattoli. Venezia Cinquecento, vol. X/20, p. 5-38.

GROJS, B. Art Power. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008.

HOFFMANN, J; MALLOUK, E.; PLUMMER, C. (ed). Animality. New York, London, Paris: Marian Goodman Gallery, 2016.

PARISI, C. (ed.). Maurizio Cattelan. Not Afraid of Love. Paris: Monnaie de Paris, 2016.

SCARPA, T. Organismi Foneticamente Modificati. Nazione Indiana, 30 March 2004, <>. Consulted 10 September 2019.

SPECTOR, N. Interview. In: Maurizio Cattelan. London, New York: Phaidon 2003, p. 18.

_____. Maurizio Cattelan. All. New York: Guggenheim Museum Pubns, 2011.

VERZOTTI, G. (ed.). Maurizio Cattelan. Milano: Charta, 1997.




Como Citar

PORTINARI, S. Bidibidobidiboo: Details of deception and irruptions in Maurizio Cattelan’s inventions. MODOS: Revista de História da Arte, Campinas, SP, v. 4, n. 1, p. 09–18, 2020. DOI: 10.24978/mod.v4i1.4524. Disponível em: Acesso em: 19 ago. 2022.



Artigos - Colaborações