Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back

Maura Axelrod
USA | 2016 | 94 min

Premiere screening on 17 January at Rialto Amsterdam. In selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas in February 2018.

Maurizio Cattelan is one of the most successful and controversial artists of our time, and one of the most unpredictable. Notoriusly provocative and elusive, Cattelan made his career on playful and subversive works that send up the artistic establishment.

Cattelan shook up the contemporary art world in the late 1980s with a series of action-based installations, including his first solo show in Milan, ‘Torno Subito (Be Right Back)’. Over his twenty-year career, he continued to inspire, disorient and insult, with satirical artworks portraying Adolf Hitler as a schoolboy or a meteorite hitting Pope John Paul II, and culminating in an all encompassing installation and retirement in 2011.

Filmmaker Maura Axelrod fascinatingly excavates Maurizio Cattelan’s disruptive and indelible career as the preminent art-world prankster of our time, interviewing curators, collectors and ex-girlfriends on what makes this most compelling of conceptual visionaries really tick.  

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Reviews

"Easily the most entertaining art film since Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop" - Variety

 "Maura Axelrod's film builds a compelling and intimate portrait. Bold, witty... as playful as a Cattelan work itself..." – BBC

 "Probing, wistful, and at times hilarious... an uproarious and thought-provoking film" - New York Times

"Not to be missed... a captivating excavation of Maurizio Cattelan's disruptive career..." – Vogue

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