Standing beneath a haphazard mass of art on the ground floor of Frank Lloyd Wright-design rotunda. This unorthodox “hanging” of art may be the perfect solution for the uniquely designed New York Guggenheim. Visitors view every work as they ascend the ramp to the ceiling.
There are 22 taxidermied animals, two of which are horses, five donkeys, one cow, one elephant, numerous mice, a dozen or more pigeons, and quite a few skeletons.
Worried about whether the Guggenheim roof could support the body of work the entire installation was first constructed offsite for testing.
Maurizio Cattelan (September 21, 1960, Padova, Italy) is an Italian artist based in New York. He’s known for his satirical sculptures, particularly La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour), depicting Pope John Paul II struck down by a meteorite. He has co-found the magazine Toilet Paper and founded the “Wrong Gallery” in 2002, a New York Storefront and its subsequent display within the collection of the Tate Modern from 2005 to 2007. He has been described by Jonathan P. Binstock, curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art “as one of the great post-Duchampian artists and a smartass, too”.
The photo gallery below is ordered from ground level to the top of the rotunda.
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