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Maurizio Cattelan
Breath Ghosts Blind

Thursday 2 December 2021, from 6 PM

Book signing with Maurizio Cattelan

In the presence of the public, Maurizio Cattelan signs copies of his latest INDEX (Milan: Pirelli HangarBicocca, and Venice: Marsilio Editori, 2021), a unique collection of all the conversations he had in the past twenty years with artists, intellectuals, creative figures and personalities from the entertainment world.

Rather elusive, rarely giving interviews, artist Maurizio Cattelan is perfectly suited instead to the role of the interviewer: since 2001, he has participated in innumerable conversations with other artists—at times directly, sometimes through an intermediary, occasionally in spirit alone—that have been brought together in a single publication, INDEX. As the second volume published on the occasion of the solo exhibition “Breath Ghosts Blind,” the anthology gathers over 130 texts that originally appeared in magazines and newspapers – including Flash Art, Purple Magazine, Vogue, and Il Manifesto – or in monographs and exhibition catalogues.

By presenting all the conversations as facsimile, thus maintaining the original texts and layout, INDEX becomes a kaleidoscope of voices and images, as well as a sui generis family album. Like the tiles of a mosaic, the interviews combine to create a unique and unprecedented portrait of the past few decades in visual culture and in Maurizio Cattelan’s practice, thus echoing the artist’s research on identity, the society we live in, and the power of images.

Rereading the texts and looking through the interviews, it is an astonishing chorus of people, ranging from young and emerging artists to established and historicized ones, and even artists who have passed away,  including creative figures such as architects, designers, chefs, thinkers, writers, editors, make-up artists, Instagram celebrities, and people from the fashion and entertainment world.

Maurizio Cattelan with Marta Papini and Michele Robecchi
Edited by Roberta Tenconi and Vicente Todolí with Fiammetta Griccioli
Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, and Marsilio Editori, Venice, 2021
English, with interviews in the original language (English, Italian, French, German, Chinese)
21 × 29 cm, 672 pages
ISBN 9788829713943

Conversations with  Michele Abeles, Virgil Abloh, Ferran Adrià, Gianni Agnelli, Yuri Ancarani, Apartamento Magazine (Nacho Alegre, Omar Sosa, Marco Velardi), John Armleder & Parker Williams, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Negar Azimi, Francis Bacon, Enrico Baj, Gianfranco Baruchello, Hernan Bas, Neïl Beloufa, Elisabetta Benassi, Guy Ben-Ner, Rossella Biscotti, Julius von Bismarck, Edoardo Bonaspetti, Alighiero Boetti, Massimo Bottura, Thomas Braida, Kerstin Brätsch, Adriano Celentano, Paul Chan, Peter Coffin, Dan Colen, Phil Collins, George Condo, Martin Creed, Sara Cwynar, Alex Da Corte, Verne Dawson, Simon Denny, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Dran, Elio e Le Storie Tese, Elmgreen & Dragset, Urs Fischer, Llyn Foulkes, Alberto Garutti, Domenico Gnoli, Mark Gonzales, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Duane Hanson, John Henderson, Christian Holstad, David Horvitz, Michel Houellebecq, Dorothy Iannone, Ffrench Isamaya, Emilio Isgrò, Dakis Joannou, Birgit Jürgenssen, Wyatt Kahn, Tadeusz Kantor, Rinko Kawauchi, Gavin Kenyon, Kapwani Kiwanga, Josh Kline, Terence Koh, Jeff Koons, Liz Magic Laser, Elad Lassry, Tony Lewis, Joep van Lieshout, Nate Lowman, Madonna, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Giulia Marsico, Helen Marten, Eva and Franco Mattes, Fabio Mauri, Alessandro Mendini, Maurizio Mercuri, Marilyn Minter, Aleksandra Mir, Matthew Monahan, Aldo Mondino, Gianni Motti, MSHR, Takashi Murakami, Shahryar Nashat, Roman Ondák, Pino Pascali, Dan Perjovschi, Gianni Piacentino, Paola Pivi, Alex Prager, Seth Price, Carol Rama, Asad Raza, Pietro Roccasalva, Torbjørn Rødland, Michael Sailstorfer, Jerry Saltz, Dana Schutz, Tino Sehgal, Chloë Sevigny, Emily Mae Smith, Robert Smithson, Ettore Sottsass, Christiana Soulou, Dash Snow, Annika Ström, Martine Syms, Mika Tajima, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Piotr Uklański, Kaari Upson, Andra Ursuta, Renato Vallanzasca, Nico Vascellari, Francesco Vezzoli, Adrián Villar Rojas, Marianne Vitale, Aleksandra Waliszewska, Andro Wekua, Frank Lloyd Wright, Hu Xiaoyuan, Yan Xing, Chen Zhen, Artur  Żmijewski.

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