|© Maurizio Cattelan, 2001
(photorealist sculpture of a miniature Hitler in prayer - an icon of fear.)
what is the best moment of the day?
I LOVE THE SMELL OF NAPALM IN THE MORNING
what kind of music do you listen to at the moment?
do you listen to the radio?
YES, A LOT, BUT I LOOK FOR COMMERCIALS.
what books do you have on your bedside table?
THE BLIND LEADING THE NAKED.
do you read design magazines?
I LOOK AT THE PICTURES.
where do you get news from? newspapers?
ANYWHERE, THEY ARE MOSTLY LIES ANYWAY.
do you notice how women are dressing?
do you have any preferences?
NO, ANYTHING GOES.
what kind of clothes do you avoid wearing?
do you have any pets?
DO BACTERIA COUNT?
when you were a child, did you want to become an artist?
NO, I WANTED TO BECOME A DESIGNER, BUT I WASNT SMART ENOUGH.
where do you work on your artistic concepts?
ON THE PHONE.
who or which organization would you like to develop
I TEND NOT TO WORK WITH A SPECIFIC PERSON IN MIND.
ART IS A MATTER OF STATISTICS: IT'S NOT ABOUT INDIVIDUALS,
IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE.
do you discuss your work with other artists?
I TRY TO DISCUSS IT WITH EVERYONE: EVERY PIECE IS A TEST,
AND IT NEEDS TO BE CONFRONTED, CRITICIZED, DESTROYED
AND REBUILT. I TEND TO AVOID MY OWN OPINIONS,
AND JUST TRUST THE OTHERS.
describe your style, like a good friend of yours would describe it.
can you describe an evolution in your work from your first projects
to the present day?
I TRY TO MOVE SIDEWAYS: SO THERE ARE NO EVOLUTIONS,
what project has given you the most satisfaction?
PROBABLY THE ONES I COULDNT REALIZE:
THEY ARE STUCK IN MY MIND, AND THERE IS NOTHING I CAN
DO TO GET RID OF THEM.
is there any artist from the past, you appreciate a lot?
WARHOL UEBER ALLES.
is there any designer and/or architect from the past,
you appreciate a lot?
any advice for the young ?
GET OLD SOON.
what are you afraid of regarding the future
interview with Maurizio Cattelan on april 13, 2004