July 15, 2021 - February 20, 2022
Maurizio Cattelan, Blind, 2021
Installation view, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2021
Produced by Marian Goodman Gallery and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo: Agostino Osio

Symbolically representing the cycle of life and conceived as a dramaturgy in three acts, Breath Ghosts Blind turns the three main spaces of Pirelli HangarBicocca into a psychological environment:

Sacredness and timelessness with Breath (2021) in the Piazza. This new sculpture made of white Carrara marble represents, on a life-size scale, a man in a fetal position and a dog, both lying on the ground facing each other. A sense of introspection and fragility infuses this intimate scene and generative moment of every cycle of life.

Estrangement and restlessness with Ghosts (2021) in the immense former industrial spaces of the Navate. As a reconfiguration of the artist’s historic intervention at the 1997 Venice Biennale, it features countless taxidermized pigeons, camouflaged in the architecture.

Third and final act in the Cubo, Blind (2021) takes the form of a memorial made of a monolith in black resin intersected by the silhouette of an airplane. Gradually revealed to visitors arriving from the Navate, it illustrates Cattelan’s ongoing reflection on history and death.

Produced by Pirelli HangarBicocca, curated by Roberta Tenconi and Vicente Todolí.