Maurizio Cattelan, Pierpaolo Ferrari, Toiletpaper Magazine 15, 2017

Maurizio Cattelan is a prominent contemporary artist, with a keen political eye and a grim sense of humour. He famously showed the Pope being struck down by a comet, a boyish kneeling Hitler, horses stuck in a wall. In 2010, he teamed up with the photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari to found “Toiletpaper“, a bi-annual magazine with only images, no words, a ravishing visual mix of surreal pop beauty and an exploration of the contradictions of the consumerist world we live in. His exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2011 was a triumph, his work probing the unconscious, “tapping into sublimated perversions and spasms of violence”, as the curator Nancy Spector pointed out. In this time of the hyperreal and the surreal, the blatant and the blurred, Cattelan and Ferrari turn up the volume even more to showcase the unfolding drama of our times.

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