INRI is an acronym of the Latin inscription « Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudæorum », (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum), which translates to English as "Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews".
It is also a recurring symbol in art history. But what does this symbol mean on a dead horse? Maurizio leaves us with a multifaceted interpretation, depending exclusively on the viewer's subjectivity.
At the Menil Collection in Houston, the horse was installed in a dark room, surrounded by paintings by Magritte. How is one supposed to feel while tumbling upon this horse? Here, the viewer's receptivity seems to be Cattelan's main interest.