Maurizio Cattelan // Breath Ghost Blind // Pirelli Hangar Bicocca

Maurizio Cattelan // BREATH GHOSTS BLIND

Pirelli Hangar Bicocca

Photography, Exhibition, Documentation

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Photo: Agostino Odio
Photo editing: Jacopo Nocentini
Year: 2021

About the exhibition

“Breath Ghosts Blind” has been conceived as a drama- turgy in three moments that unfolds in close relationship with the architecture of Pirelli HangarBicocca. Thethree acts find their counterparts in the monumental, adjacent spaces of the Piazza, the Navate, and the Cubo. Following one another, they articulate the exhibition layout like film frames or the acts of a theater performance.

Marking Cattelan’s return to Milan after more than a de- cade, the exhibition presents a project the artist has been working on for a long time. The title encloses the names of the pieces on display: Breath (2021), a previously unseen marble sculpture that opens the exhibition; Ghosts (2021), a reconfiguration of an earlier work that transforms the space of the Navate; and Blind (2021), a new monumental installation. The three artworks appear as moments of a symbolic representation of the cycle of life from birth to death, through emblematic references belonging to the collective imagination that call into question the current system of values and offer a deep reflection on the more disorienting aspects of daily life.

Following an ascensional path, the exhibition unfolds like a rarefied and silent setting in which the visitors’ bodies become an integral part of the artist’s narrative. Developed as a trilogy, it is also open to an allegorical interpretation, since the symbolism of the number three represents both the idea of unity and perfection, while also suggesting religious images, such as the Trinity or the Crucifixion.

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