La ballata di Trotski, 1996

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Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan

La ballata di Trotski, 1996

Cheval empaillé suspendu par un harnais, corde et poulie

270 x 200 x 75 cm

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Maurizio Cattelan © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Maurizio Cattelan

La ballata di Trotski, 1996

Cheval empaillé suspendu par un harnais, corde et poulie

270 x 200 x 75 cm

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Maurizio Cattelan © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Maurizio Cattelan

La ballata di Trotski, 1996

Cheval empaillé suspendu par un harnais, corde et poulie

270 x 200 x 75 cm

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Maurizio Cattelan © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Maurizio Cattelan, La ballata di Trotski (1996)

Maurizio Cattelan, Spermini  (1997)

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Maurizio Cattelan © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Maurizio Cattelan disrupted the history of art with this equestrian figure that breaks away from the role it has been attributed for centuries.

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.
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.

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Maurizio Cattelan

Born in 1960, in Padoue (Italy)
Lives and works in New-York City (United States of America)

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.
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