La ballata di Trotski

  • 1996
  • Maurizio Cattelan
  • Stuffed horse with leather saddlery, rope and pulley
  • 223 x 85 x 265 cm

A racehorse hangs from the ceiling. Its dangling hooves and shackled pose reflect the desperate situation in which it finds itself. The animal is resigned to its destiny, and succumbs to the effects of gravity. The title of the piece refers to Leon Trotsky, a figure of the revolutionary utopia and its failure.<br> Since the mid-1990s, the artist’s increasing use of taxidermy reflects his interest in the way people project their fears and fantasies onto animal representations.

© Maurizio Cattelan 2018. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage © Maurizio Cattelan 2018. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage


Maurizio Cattelan

Since the early 1990s, Maurizio Cattelan has built his reputation with work that is both spectacular and provocative, combining extreme satire with a streak of melancholy to underline the contradictions of contemporary society.

Cattelan uses the media to situate his work in a socio-political context. Since the start of his career he has represented his withdrawal from an aesthetic territory like an escape from prison. He conceives his works as &quot;images&quot;, the most famous of which feature high-profile and controversial figures such as Picasso, Pope Jean-Paul II and Hitler. He has also used animal metaphors to create pieces that represent death and failure. His practice can take various forms: sculpture, the creation of a tiny gallery, the organisation of exhibitions and the publishing of newspapers.

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