Welcome to the preview for ”The Third Hand – Maurizio Cattelan and Moderna Museet’s Collection” on Friday 23 February 2024! Museum director Gitte Ørskou will hold a welcome speech at 18.15.
The bar is open and there will be music! Free admission.
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Get in-depht knowledge about selected works in ”The Third Hand – Maurizio Cattelan and Moderna Museet’s Collection”.
Born in Italy in 1960, Maurizio Cattelan has been living in New York for the past thirty years. The scrutiny of power and belief systems is a theme that runs through his entire body of work but he leaves the interpreting of his artworks to the viewer:
A pope is struck down by a meteorite, pigeons watch us from above, a shrunk Sistine Chapel lets us see all the amazing details at eye level, a dictator becomes a pathetic figure, perhaps asking for forgiveness, a monumental fascist greeting is nullified by missing fingers, a man and a dog seem to share a common dream or death…
The exhibition’s title is open to interpretation. Perhaps it is Maurizio Cattelan himself who is the third hand, who inserts himself between the institution Moderna Museet and its collection to interrogate and shine a critical light: Which art should be part of a collection? Which works should be exhibited? What or who decides what is important art?
Maurizio Cattelan’s practice is rooted in conceptual art, asking questions about and of our reality. As a curator and founder of art magazines, he has been in constant dialogue with art. His critical and insightful view of our collection gives art back its power. – Gitte Ørskou, Curator & Museum Director
“The Third Hand” comprises six exhibition rooms in which Maurizio Cattelan’s work meets artworks by Swedish and international artists from Moderna Museet’s collection, including Eva Aeppli, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Cecilia Edefalk, Lena Svedberg, Rosemarie Trockel and the editorial staff of the underground magazine PUSS.
In each exhibition room, art takes on a new perspective on power. Positions are turned around and power relationships shift: between art and religion, art and politics, art and military force, art and power as an abstract, subtle phenomenon. Last but not least, Maurizio Cattelan points at conditions and beings that find themselves both furthest down and beyond the food change of society and power – avenging them in this quiet and timeless way.
Curator: Gitte Ørskou, director Moderna Museet
”The Third Hand – Maurizio Cattelan and Moderna Museet’s Collection” is the fourth exhibition in the new presentation of the Moderna Museet Collection.
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