An art world upstart, provocative and elusive artist Maurizio Cattelan made his career on playful and subversive works that send up the artistic establishment


Filmmakers: Maura Axelrod
Runtime: 94 mins
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Format: HD


Filmmaker Maura Axelrod fascinatingly excavates Maurizio Cattelan’s disruptive and indelible career as the preminent art-world prankster of our time, interviewing curators, collectors and ex-girlfriends on what makes this most compelling of conceptual visionaries tick. Like the best mysteries, viewers emerge from this dizzying journey knowing everything and nothing about a man who, from his professional inception, ushered us into a dazzling hall of mirrors that enchants and perplexes to this day. Cattelan shook up the contemporary art world beginning in the late 1980s with a series of action-based installations including his first solo show in Milan, ‘Torno Subito (Be Right Back)’. Over his twenty-year career, he continued to provoke and inspire, culminating in an all encompassing installation and retirement in 2011.


"Deftly and entertainingly constructed." - New York Magazine

"A beautifully beguiling feature documentary" -  Visionare

"One of the best documentaries to watch at this year's Tribeca Film Festival" - Vogue

"Not to be missed..." - W Magazine


Director/ Producer: Maura Axelrod

Executive producers: Svetlana Uspenskaya, Alexey Kuzmichev, , Michael Sherman, David and Danielle Ganek, Matt Perniciaro, Shelley and Andrew Dunbar

Producers: Lucian Read, Lyman Smith, Andrew Fierberg, Kathleen Griffin, Adam Lindemannm Karol Martesko-Fenster and Andrew Raider Wood

Co-Producers: Kaycee Flinn, Michael Hebron

Editors: Kathryn Robson, Lyman Smith and Jane Keller

Director of Photography: Lucian Read

Original music: Cassius

Original Score: John Jennings Boyd


Tribeca Film Festival 2016

CPH:DOX 2017