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“Him” was made by Maurizio Cattelan in 2001. The wax sculpture is one of the most controversial artworks of the post-war era. It depicts history’s most debated, scared and criticized politician, the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, in a kneeling position with his hands clasped -- almost praying. With this, the artist touches upon the concepts of humanity, forgiveness and the evil that keep us humble. If approached from behind, the highly realistic sculpture looks like a the young boy neatly pressed schoolboy attire. Evoking a sense of shock and discomfort in the viewer, this provocative sculpture was sold at 17.2 million dollars in Christie’s Auction in 2016.
Maurizio Cattelan, contemporary Italian artist, was born in Padua, Italy, in 1960. He is known for his realistic sculpture and installations of taxidermy animals and creatures. He frequently depicts celebrities, art historical figures, or taxidermied animals in comically absurd and provocative scenes. He takes inspiration from the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. His work alludes to a sense of wonder through psychological projection. He participated in the 1993, 1997, 1999, 2002, and 2011 Venice Biennales and was the subject of a 2011 retrospective titled “All” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The artist lives and works between Milan and New York.
The 58th edition of Venice Biennial is taking place between 11 May - 24 November 2019. This year the biennial is expected to bring more than half a million people and 90 countries to Venice. It will take place in two main locations, Arsenale and Giardini. A central exhibition “May You Live in Interesting Times” curated by Ralph Rugoff is taken from an ancient Chinese curse, draws attention to the relationship between arts and politics and the times of nationalism and crisis through the artworks by 83 artists. The Turkey Pavilion will host Inci Eviner’s artwork “We, Elsewhere.” while Halil Altındere will be amongst the invited artists section. Among biennale’s 21 collateral events, we see Todd wIlliamson’s installation, Melissa Mcgill’s Red Regatta and a Georg Baselitz retrospective.
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