Maurizio Cattelan & Lucio Fontana @ Gagosian, Davies Street


I am a huge fan of Maurizio Cattelan. His clever, witty, tongue-in-cheek works of art always grab my attention and his Toilet Paper Magazine is possibly my favourite magazine currently in print, so when I heard about his show with Lucio Fontana at Gagosian I just had to take a look.

The exhibition puts one work each from Cattelan and Fontana into dialogue with one another. A large, cotton candy coloured egg is displayed high up on the walls at one end of the gallery. This piece by Fontana has large slashes in it and serves as a point of focus for Cattelan’s piece. Cattelan has contributed to the exhibition with the kneeling figure of Hitler. The interaction between the two is completely bizarre. I shared a smile with the security guard as I walked between the two works as it does not seem to make sense – it is absurd, it probably should offend, but it doesn’t.

From behind, Hitler could be a young boy, mesmerised by the pink egg. He looks like he is praying to some kind of shrine and seems to be poking fun at something, though I have not figured out what.

The show is certainly different, and may not be for everyone but it is certainly memorable.

La fine de Dio: Maurizio Cattelan and Lucio Fontana is on display at Gagosian, Davies Street until 5 April

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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