Untitled (Manhole)

Untitled (Manhole) 2001

Maurizio Cattelan

Room 19

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About this artwork

This life size sculpture is a self portrait. The artist looks up through a hole in the floor. We can see the room below, which appears to be a storage room but is in fact the staff cloakroom. Here Cattelan plays a convincing game with reality and imitation, undermining the viewer's expectations.

About the creator

Maurizio Cattelan

Padua 1960

Maurizio Cattelan did not have any training in art, but quickly caused a sensation in the art world with his often satirical and controversial sculptures. He caused considerable uproar, for example, in 1999 with 'La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour)', in which an effigy of Pope John II is hit by a meteorite. In 2002, his work 'Him', a small wax sculpture of a kneeling or perhaps even praying Adolf Hitler, was exhibited in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. The piece of art became the subject of heated debate in the media and in local politics.

Object details

material and technique: wax, pigment, human hair, fabric and polyester
kind of object: sculpture
creditline: Bruikleen kunstenaar / Loan artist: 2002
inventory number: BRL 2002-01 (MK)