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Pope John Paul II horizontal under a meteorite isn’t an image you forget quickly. In fact very little of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s output could be described as forgettable. From a squirrel suicide to a praying Adolf Hitler, the now retired 51-year-old went out with a bang in a 2011 retrospective at the Guggenheim, his humorous, controversial, bad taste, surrealist work hanging from the ceiling of the Rotunda, forcing viewers to take in his most famous pieces all at once. Now, for those curious to know more, a feature length documentary from director and journalist Maura Axelrod follows the relatively private man over ten years, friends, family, arty types and old roommates open up, Axelrod insists “he instructed everyone to tell the truth in their interviews…And they did, I think.”

Maurizo Cattelan: The Movie lands Summer 2015

Words by Lena Dystant
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