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Maurizio Cattelan: “Show them life”

May 27, 2015

Mr. Cattelan, it seems like the ultimate goal of your art is to provoke. What effect does a negative reaction have on you?

Provocations are like a Molotov cocktail. They only work one time out of ten, but when it works it can also be dangerous for the arm that is throwing it. It’s the price that has to be paid. I once had a trio of sculptures hanging from a tree in Milan that were vandalized. What I like about the public response is that it’s totally unpredictable. There’s just no way to anticipate it.

Do you ever regret works that you have made?

Every single work, at least once a day. Every morning we choose between milk or tea or coffee: usually I know what I like, but I don’t rule out changing my idea sometimes. The editing process is one of the most important parts in everyday …

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