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Maurizio Cattelan.

KUNSTHALLE BASEL

Maurizio Cattelan's pranks have been compared - at least in provocative intent - to the transgressive actions of his illustrious predecessor and fellow countryman Piero Manzoni. The two Italians are similarly connected by their ironic evocation of religion, evident in Cattelan's eyebrow-raising installation with a buried fakir at this summer's Venice Biennale. Following a similar line for this one-man show in predominantly Protestant Basel, Cattelan will roll out the red carpet - enough to cover the Kunsthalle's entire first floor - for the surprise visit of a contemporary pop-religious icon. Given the artist and the context, one can only imagine whom to expect. A catalogue documenting the project is planned, with an essay by Madeleine Schuppli, the Kunsthalle curator who organized the exhibition. Oct. 16-Nov. 21, 1999.
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Publication:Artforum International
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Date:Sep 1, 1999
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