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Maurizio Cattelan

Padua 1960

Maurizio Cattelan did not have any training in art, but quickly caused a sensation in the art world with his often satirical and controversial sculptures. He caused considerable uproar, for example, in 1999 with 'La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour)', in which an effigy of Pope John II is hit by a meteorite. In 2002, his work 'Him', a small wax sculpture of a kneeling or perhaps even praying Adolf Hitler, was exhibited in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. The piece of art became the subject of heated debate in the media and in local politics.

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