Maurizio Cattelan is an Italian artist who creates “hyper realist” sculptures. His work has been discribed by the Chief Curator of the Guggenheim museum in New York as “bold and irreverent” & “deadly serious in its scathing critique of authority and the abuse of power”. He seems to be a sensible voice in the otherwise confusing and self important world of art. A notable example of his humour, an aspect of his work I find to be the most inviting, is his creation of the Oblomov Foundation. Maurizio explains in an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist (an art curator, critic person) that he was always afraid of failure. He was afraid to fail in art and says “I even wanted to start a university of failure, a way to teach failure. Maybe it was just a way to insinuate weakness in a system that is obsessed with success.” From this the Oblomov Foundation was born. The foundation “was a scholarship. The point was to get money from different donors and trustees and give it to an artist who would accept not to exhibit for a whole year. So you would get the money, but you had to disappear from the art world. It was never awarded, because we couldnt find an artist who wanted to accept the grant. It was a dangerous deal: we were giving money to an artist, so that he or she could fail. In the end, the story says I kept the money. Well, I didnt keep it: I used it.” This is not art nor do I think he claims it to be but the ideas behind it are ideas that we can relate to. Not wanting to fail is not a good enough reason not to. Because we have to fail to finally learn don’t we? *insert relevant Thomas Edison quote*
This is awful but if you can stand the Presenters voice you will get to see an old woman in a fridge.