Maurizio Cattelan: Comedian

Maurizio Cattelan: Comedian

Curator Francesco Bonami unpacks one of the most illustrious artworks of the 21st century, Maurizio Cattelan's 'Comedian'.

Consisting of a single banana duct-taped to a wall, 'Comedian' is a remarkably simple artwork which created an unprecedented sensation when first debuted at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2019.

Although priced at $120,000, Bonami argues that the work's real value is in the philosophy that it creates around objects, suggesting the work prompts us to think 'more about what art is and what art is supposed to do in your life. Is art a commodity that people just acquire as anything else? Or is art a container of a message, and it doesn't matter what the container is, the important thing is what it says, and what is conveyed to the viewer.'

Time Period:

21st century