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Maurizio Cattelan
B.1960
ANGOLO DEI RICORDI
perspex, brass slot and assorted letters
150 by 45 by 37cm.; 59 by 17 3/4 by 14 1/2 in.
Executed in 1989.
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This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Provenance

Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Rome, Galleria Lidia Carrieri, Metessi, 1989
New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Maurizio Cattelan: All, 2011-2, p. 187, no. 8, illustrated (exhibition copy on display)

Literature

Francesco Bonami, Nancy Spector and Barbara Vanderlinden, Maurizio Cattelan, Hong Kong 2000, p. 42, illustrated
Nancy Spector, Maurizio Cattelan: All, New York 2011, p. 187, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Angolo dei Ricordi, which can be translated as “memory corner”, is a simple Plexiglas vessel with a brass letterbox slot at the top, containing an assortment of postcards and letters. Due to the box’s transparency the contents are partially legible, but because the letters are impossible to retrieve once deposited, they are frustratingly inaccessible to the curious reader. This eccentric wedge-shaped structure, which was originally conceived for the corner of Cattelan’s apartment, was designed as a repository for correspondence sent to his girlfriend by her former lovers. The secure entrapment of these documents neutralized some of their potency, but they remained an indelible presence in the couple’s shared home, a poignant metaphor for the inevitable and at times oppressive traces of past experiences in a new relationship. In addition to its emotional resonance, Cattelan was interested in the work’s ability to activate the liminal space of the corner – a traditional site of marginalization and childhood punishment that has provided rich terrain for iconic Minimalist and Post-Minimalist sculptural inventions.” (Katherine Brinson in Exhibition Catalogue: New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Maurizio Cattelan: All, 2011-12, pp. 186-187)

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