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Guggenheim’s Mind-blowing Maurizio Cattelan Installation

The Gugg’s atrium empty!

We knew Mauricio Cattelan’s retrospective at New York’s Guggenheim was going to be an attention grabber, but the installation tweeted today by the museum demonstrates that the curatorial team has taken the idea to a whole different level.

The normally empty atrium of the landmark museum has been filled by a column of 130 of the artist’s works suspended on 90-foot cables. Consider our minds blown.

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structure is infamously a difficult venue for many art works since it refuses to recede into the background and let the art sit alone in a white box. It makes me wonder if the artist, known for his bad boy antics, is simply flaunting his super-sized ego by one-upping the architect himself! And geez, talk about what lengths a museum will go to to ensure visitors don’t touch the work. What will the guards be doing during the exhibition? Should they be worried about their jobs?

Call me old-fashioned but I usually like getting close enough to Cattelan’s work to see how it’s made. Isn’t that the best part?

Homepage image via @Guggenheim

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