Maurizio Cattelan - 20th Century to Now London Friday, June 30, 2023 | Phillips
  • “Someone once said that our heads are round so that our thoughts can fly in any direction: there’s no specific way of interpreting a work, its shape is round such as our heads. People can find a personal path, serious or funny, emotional or shocking, every way is walkable.”
    —Maurizio Cattelan

    • Provenance

      Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia
      Private Collection (acquired from the above)
      Phillips, De Pury & Luxembourg, New York, 13 November 2003, lot 42
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Brescia, Galleria Massimo Minini, Maurizio Cattelan, 1997 (original 500 mask installation exhibited)
      Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art, Hello My Name Is..., 29 June - 29 September 2002 (another group of masks exhibited)
      Dresden, Deutsches Hygiene Museum, The Ten Commandments, 19 June - 5 December 2004 (another group of masks exhibited)
      Paris, Perrotin, Empreinte Moi, 29 October - 3 December 2005 (another group of masks exhibited)
      Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien, Dream & Trauma, Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens, 29 June - 4 October 2007, p. 38 (another group of masks exhibited and illustrated)
      New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Maurizio Cattelan: All, 4 November 2011 - 22 January 2012, pp. 210, 247 (illustrated) (another group of masks exhibited and illustrated)
      New York, Cosa Nostra; New York, Sotheby's S|2 Gallery, 30 October 2014 - 10 January 2015 (another group of masks exhibited)
      Paris, Louis Vuitton Foundation, In Tune With The World, 11 April - 27 August 2018 (another group of masks exhibited)
      Beijing, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Maurizio Cattelan: The Last Judgment, 20 November 2021 - 20 February 2022 (another group of masks exhibited)
      Shenzhen, Sea World Culture & Arts Center, Maurizio Cattelan: Wish You Were Here, 9 July -10 October 2022 (another group of masks exhibited)

    • Literature

      Maurizio Cattelan, exh. cat., Turin, Castello di Rivoli, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, 1997, p. 48 (original 500 mask installation illustrated)
      Maurizio Cattelan, exh. cat., Dijon, Le Consortium, 1998 (original 500 mask installation illustrated)
      Burkhard Riemschneider and Uta Grosenick, eds., Art at the Turn of the Millennium, Cologne, 1999, no. 3, p. 96 (detail of original 500 mask installation illustrated)
      Francesco Bonami, Maurizio Cattelan, London, 2000, pp. 102-105 (original 500 mask installation illustrated)
      Alison Gingeras, ‘A Sociology Without Truth,’ Parkett, no. 59, Zurich, September 2000, p. 53 (detail of original 500 mask installation illustrated)
      ‘New York: Cattelan among artists for Boss Prize’ Il Giornalle dell'Arte, no. 191, Rome, September 2000 (another group of masks illustrated)



painted latex, in 250 parts
each part 17.2 x 8.3 x 9.8 cm (6 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 3 7/8 in.)
overall dimensions variable

Executed in 1997, this work was originally part of an installation composed of 500 masks, which the artist divided into six separate works, each consisting of a different number of masks ranging in the following configurations: 1,5,25,50,150 and 250.

Full Cataloguing

£300,000 - 400,000 ‡♠

Sold for £342,900

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20th Century to Now

London Auction 30 June 2023