Born in 1960 in Padua, Italy
Lives and works in New York, New York, USA


Maurizio Cattelan is one of the most popular and controversial artists on the contemporary art scene. Taking freely from the real world of people and objects, his works are an irreverent operation aimed at both art and institutions. His playful and provocative use of materials, objects, and gestures set in challenging contexts forces commentary and engagement.

Cattelan first achieved notoriety on an international scale in New York with La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour), a wax statue of Pope John Paul II hit by a meteorite, which was originally exhibited in 1999 at Kunsthalle Basel. In 2010, L.O.V.E., his public art intervention permanently installed in Piazza Affari, Milan, triggered the reappropriation by citizens of a square otherwise forgotten. That same year, Cattelan launched a biannual, picture-based publication, TOILETPAPER, co-created with the photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari. In 2011, he provoked a lively debate with an installation of two thousand stuffed pigeons, presented at the 54th Venice Biennale. Also in 2011, he was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in which all his works were suspended from the ceiling. 

In 2016, Cattelan replaced a toilet in a restroom at the Guggenheim with a fully functional replica cast in 18-karat gold, making it available to the public. Later that year he was invited to exhibit a selection of his most important works at the Monnaie de Paris, resulting in the retrospective Not Afraid of Love, titled after his work of that name. In 2018 he curated The Artist Is Present, a group show that questioned the most hallowed principles of art in the modern era: originality, intention, and expression. He has exhibited in major European and American museums and participated in the major international exhibitions of contemporary art.

solo shows

- Victory is Not an Option, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, United Kingdom 

- Not Afraid of LOVE, La Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France

- Cosa Nostra, Venus Over Manhattan, New York

- Maurizio Cattelan, Kaputt, Foundation Beyeler, Switzerland

- Maurizio Cattellan, Amen, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

- Maurizio Cattelan, All, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York

- L.O.V.E., Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy 
- The Menil Collection, Houston, USA
- Deste Foundation Project Space, Hydra, Geece

- Kölner Synagoge, Stommeln, Germany

- Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria
- Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
- Maurizio Cattelan, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany

- La fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Piazza XXIV Maggio,Milan, Italy
- Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
- Now, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Chapelle
des Petits Augustins de l’Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
- Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea Trento, Trento, Italy

 - Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, USA
- Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
- Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece 

- Galerie Marian Goodman, New York, USA
- Maurizio Cattelan: Felix, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA

- Maurizio Cattelan: Him, Färgfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden
- Hollywood, (Special Project foir the Venice Biennale), Palermo, Italy
- Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italie

- Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA
- La rivoluzione siamo noi, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
- CCA, Kitakyushu, Japan
- Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, USA 
- The 6th International Carribean Biennale, Saint Kitts

- L'Arbre, Forum du Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
- Galerie Anthony d'Offay, London, UK
- Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland 
- Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy

- Inova, UWV Art Museum, Milwaukee, USA
- Project 65: Maurizio Cattelan, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

- Espace Jules Verne, Centre d'Art de Brétigny-sur-Orge, France
- Le Consortium, Dijon, France
- Maurizio Cattelan: Dynamo Secession, Wiener Secession (cat. texte de Francesco Bonami),
Vienna, Austria
- Moi-même-Soi-même, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris,France
- Galleria Massimo Minini, Brademia di Brera, Milan, Italy
- Pavillon Italien avec Cucchi et Spaletti, Biennale de Venise,

- Maurizio Cattelan: Tre installazioni per il Castello, Castello di Rivoli, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Turin, Italy 
- Ars Futura, Galerie Nicola Von Senger, Zurich, Suisse
- Laure Genillard Gallery, Londres, Grande-Bretagne
- Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italie

- Errotin, le vrai lapin, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France

- Galerie Analix, Geneva, Switzerland
- Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany
- Daniel Newburg Gallery, New York, USA
- Laure Genillard Gallery, London, UK

- Galerie Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italie
- Tarzan & Jane, Galerie Raucci Santamaria, Naples, Italy

- Edizioni dell'Obbligo, Spazio Juliet, Trieste, Italy

- Strategie, Galleria Neon, Bologne, Italy

- Biologia delle passioniu, Galleria Neon, Bologne, Italy

- Natura Codarda, Galleria Neon, Bologne, Italy

group shows

- La Source, Fondation Carmignac, Île de Porquerolles, France 

- The Artist is present, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China
- In Tune With The World, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

- Myth/History II : Shanghai Galaxy, YUZ Foundation, Shanghai, China
- Picasso Mania, Grand Palais, Paris, France
- Chercher le garçon, MacVal, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
- PICASSO in contemporary art, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany 
- Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, Triennale di Milan, Padiglione di Expo 2015 in cittM, Milan, Italy
- Un museo ideale - Ospiti d’eccezione nelle collezioni del Novecento Dal Futurismo al Contemporaneo Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy
- IN PART, Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy 
- LIBERI TUTTI! Arte e società in Italia. 1989 - 2001, Museo Ettore Fico, Turin, Italy
- Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim Solomon, S.R. Guggengheim, New York, USA 
- SPIN-OFF. Opere dalla Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Centro de Arte Contemporanea de Quito, Montevideo, Uruguay
- La Grande Madre Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
- Going Public: Opere dalla Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield, UK

- La nona Ora, 1999 Musée des Beaux Arts de Rennes, France
- Art of Sound Fondazione Prada, Ca' Corner della Regina, Venise, Italy
- Art Lovers, Pinault Fondation, Forum Grimaldi, Monaco
- The Human Factor Hayward Gallery, Southbank centre, London, England
- Untitled 2000, YUZ Museum, Shanghai, China
- La fine di Dio, Gagosian Gallery, London, England

- DEEP FEELINGS. From antiquity to now, KunstHalleKrems, Krems an der Donau, Austria
NYC, 1993, Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, New Museum, New York
- Happy Birthday, 25 ans de la Galerie Perrotin, Tripostal, Lille, France
- Adventures of truth-Painting and philosophy, Maeght Fondation, Saint Paul, France
- L'art a l'épreuve du monde Depoland, Dunkerque, France
- Riotous Baroque: From Cattelan to Zurbaran Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
- Rêves de Venise L'institut culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, France
- Bestiario contemporaneo Museo di storia naturale, Venice, Italy

- In Praise of Doubt, Punta della Dogana – Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice
- Funny, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
- Amecian Exuberance, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida
- Neon, la Materia Luminosa dell arte Macro, Rome, Italy
- La Collection Olbricht, Le prestige des constellations Maison Rouge, Paris

- Mémoires du future La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
- 8 1/2, the 100 th anniversary of Trussardi, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Firenze, Italy
- ILLUMInazioni, 54th Venice Biennial, Italy
- Fondazione Prada, Ca Corner della Regine, Venice, Italy

- Exhibition, Exhibition, Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy
- Dreamlands, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
- Seconde main, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
- Sexuality and trascendence, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
- XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara, Carrara, Italy
- Plus Ultra: Works from Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Macro, Testaccio, Rome
- Fresh Hell, Palais de Toyko, Paris, France
- Biennale Hall, Gwangju, South Korea

- Pop Life, Tate Modern, London
- A Guest + A Host = A Ghost, Deste Foundation, Athens
- 21 st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
- Making Worlds (Fare Mundi) Venice Biennale, Italy
- Un Certain état du Monde Works form the François Pinault Fondation, Moscow, Russia

- Other than Yourself, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
- Traces du Sacré, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
- Revolutions-Forms That Turn (cat), Sidney Biennail, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
- After Nature, (curated by M. Gioni) New Museum, New York
- theanyspacewhatever, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

- Camera con vista, curated by Claudia Gianferrari, Palazzo
Reale, Milano, Italy
SAM at 75: Building a Collection for Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
- Freakshow- An Unatural History, Baltic Center, UK
- Ironia Domestica. Uno sguardo curioso tra collezioni private
italiane, curated by Letizia Ragaglia, Museion Museo d’Arte
Moderna eContemporanea, Bolzano, Italy
- Dream and Drama, Kunsthalle Wien and MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
- Italian Mentalscapes, curated by Demetrio Paparoni, Tel
Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Fractured Figure, Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
- Euro-Centric, Part 1, Rubell Family Collection:Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, USA
- Still Life & Kicking, curated by Dodie Kazanjian, Paula
Cooper Gallery, New York, USA
- Tate Modern Gallery, London, Great Britain

- Where Are We Going?, curated by Alison M. Gingeras,
Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
- Infinite Painting. Pittura Contemporanea e Realismo
Globale, curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich
Canarutto, Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea,
Passariano, Italy
- Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye,
curated by Francesco Bonami, J. Rodrigues Widholm and
Tricia Van Eck, MART Museo di Arte Moderna e
Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Trento, Italy
- Wrong, curated by Jens Hoffmann, Galerie Klosterfelde,
Berlino, Germany
- Eretica. Trascendenza e profano nell’arte contemporanea,
curated by Demetrio Paparoni and Gianni Mercurio, Civica
Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Palermo, Italy. Catalogo
- Idea, curated by Laura Cherubini, Giorgio Verzotti, Istituto
Nazionale per la Grafica - Palazzo Fontana di Trevi, Roma
and Archivio di Stato, Torino, Italy

- Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist's Eye (organisé par F. Bonami), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
- Three Exhibition, Dionysiac, (organisé par C. Macel),
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
- Bidibidobidiboo: Works from the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d'Alba, Turin, Italy
- TRANSLATION (cat), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
- Not a Drop but the Fall, Künsterhaus Bremen, Germany
- Superstars. The Celebrity Factor. From Warhol to
Madonna, (organisé par Brugger), Kunsthalle, Vienna,
- Seriality, Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, USA
- The Art of Chess, Luhring Augustine, New York, USA
- War is Over, (organisé par G. Di Pietrantonio), GAMeC
Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy
- A Brief History of Invisible Art, CCA Wattis Institute for
Contemporary Art, San Francisco, USA

- Institute of Visual Art, London, Great-Britain
- Il Bello e le bestie: Metamorfosi, artifici e ibridi dal mito dell'immaginario scientifico, MART Museo d'arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy.
- Carnegie International (cat), Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
- State of Play, (sponsorisée par Hugo Boss), Serpentine
Gallery, London, Great-Britain
- The exhibition of the DESTE Foundation as an official part
of ATHENS 2004 Culture, Athènes, Greece
- From Magritte to Cattelan: Masterpieces from the collection
of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Villa Manin
Codroipo, Italy
- Reflecting the Mirror, Galerie Marian Goodman, New
York, USA
- Memory and Landscape, La Casa Encendida, Madrid,
- 1st Seville International Biennial, Seville, Spain
- Withney Biennail (cat), Withney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

- Objets? Objets!, CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
- The Art of Chess, Gilbert Collection, London, Great
- Partners, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
- Europe Exists, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art,
Thessaloniki, Greece
- C'est arrivé demain, Biennale de Lyon, France
- moving energy #02, Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen,
- Sogni e conflitti - La dittatura dello spettore, 50° Biennale
di Venezia, (Curator: Francesco Bonami), Venise, Italy

- De Gustibus, (Curators: Achille Bonito Oliva et Sergio
Risaliti), Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy
- Ydessa Foundation, Toronto, Canada
- Wallflowers, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland
- Le portrait s'envisage..., Château de TanlayPerrigny,
- Hollywood is a verb, Gagosian Gallery, London, Great
- Hello, My Name is..., Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
- Photographier, Collection Lambert, Musée d'Art
Contemporain, Avignon, France
- From the Observatory, (Curator: Robert Nickas), Paula
Cooper Gallery, New York, USA
- Out of senses, (Curator: Rein Wolfs), Museum Boymans
Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Pays-Bas
- L'art d'aujourd'hui: un choix dans la collection du Fonds
national d'art contemporain, Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble,

- Biennale de Venise, Palerme, Italy
- Yokohama Biennale, Yokohama, Japon
- Hollywood, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
- Dévoler, Vivent les Frac (suite), Institut d'art
contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
- Places in the Mind: Modern Photographs from the
Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,
- Visioni a catena: Famiglia, politica e religione nell'ultima generazione di arte italiana contemporanea (cat), Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

- Zacheta Gallery, Varsovie, Polish
- Musée National d'Art Moderne-Centre Georges Pompidou,
Paris, France
- Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Messico
- Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, USA
- Fondation Sandretto Rebaudengo per l'arte, Turin, Italy
- Narcisse blessé, Passage de Retz, Paris, France
- Home is where the Art is, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam,
- Apocalypse, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Great
- Présumés innocents - l'art contemporain et l'enfance,
CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
- Art Expo 2000, Hannover, Germany
- Over the Edges: The Corners of Ghent, S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
- Let's Entertain: Life's Guilty Pleasures, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis,
Minnesota, USA

- Dehors-Dedans, CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de
Bordeaux, France
- La casa, il corpo, il cuore, Museum Moderner Kunst
Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienne, Austria
- Abracadabra, Tate Gallery, London, Great-Britain
- Tales of the tip , Fundamental Foundation, Breda, Pays Bas
- Zeitwenden-Ausblick, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
- Aperto: dAPERTutto (Aperto Over All) (Curator: Harald Szeemann), 48ème Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
- Signs of Life, Melbourne Biennail, Melbourne, Australia
- The Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
- La Ville, le Jardin, la Mémoire, Académie de France à
Rome, Villa Médicis, Rome, Italy

- Artificial, MACBA, Barcelone, Spain
- Wounds, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
- I inova, Milwokee, USA
- Wiener Secession, Vienne, Austria
- Ironic, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland
- Cet été là..., Centre Régional d'Art contemporain
Languedoc-Rousillon, Sète, France
- Manifesta 2, Biennale Européenne d'Art Contemporain,
Luxembourg, France
- Unfinished History, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA

- Delta, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
- Transit, ENSBA, Paris, France
- Biennale d'Istanbul, Turkey
- Connexion implicite, ENSBA, Paris, France
- Para-site, Bruxelles, Belgium
- Cartographie, Belgrade, Yougoslavia
- Skulpture Project, Landesmuseum, Munster, Germany
- Odisseo, Bari, Italy
- Summer show, Galerie Marian Goodman, New York, USA
- Fatto in Italia, Centre d'Art Contemporain de Genève,
Switzerland; ICA, London, Great-Britain
- Moment Ginza, Le Magasin, Centre d'Art Contemporain
de Grenoble, France
- Fargfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden
- Art Call, Copenhague, Danemark
- Light Slow, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy
- Collections du Castello di Rivoli, FRAC Rhône Alpes et Le
Nouveau Musée/ Institut de Villeurbannes, Villerbannes,

- Triple Axel, Le Gymnase, Roubaix, France
- Exposition évolutive, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin (now Galerie Perrotin), Paris, France
- Fool's Rain, ICA, London, Great-Britain
- Le Magasin, Centre d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble,
- Beige, Saga Basament, Copenhague, Danemark
- Alfabetizzazione, Castel S. Pietro, Italy
- a/drift, Center for Contemporary Studios, Bard College,
New York, USA
- Campo 6, il villaggio a spirale, Galleria Civica, Turin, Italy
- Ultime Generazioni, Quadriennale d'Arte di Roma, Rome,
- Interpol, Fargfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden
- Almost Invisible, Ehemaliges Umspannwerk, Singen,
- L'art au corps , MAC, Marseille, France
- Crap shoot, De Appel, Amsterdam, Holland
- Cabines de bain, Piscine de La Motta, Fribourg, Switzerland
- Traffic (cat), proposé par Nicolas Bourriaud, Capc Musée
d'art Contemporain Bordeaux, France
- Once removed, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, Great-Britain
- Departure Lounge, Clock Tower Gallery, New York, USA

- Photomontage, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
- Das Spiel in der Kunst, Neue Galerie, Graz and Arlge
Kunst, Germany
- Kwangju, Biennale de Kwangju, Corea
- Caravanserraglio, Ex Aurum, Pescara, Italy
- Le Labyrinthe Moral, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
- La Collezione, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy

- Incertaine Identité, Galerie Analix, Genève, Switzerland
- Rien à signaler, Galerie Analix, Genève, Switzerland
- Soggetto - Soggetto: Una nuova relazione nell'arte di oggi, Castello di Rivoli, Museo d'arte contemporanea, Rivoli,Turin, Italy
- Prima Linea, Flash Art Museum, Trevi, Italy
- L'Hiver de l'amour, ARC, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville
de Paris, Paris ; PS1, Long Island, New York, USA

- Galerie Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy
- M. Cattelan, C. Hyvrard, P. Parreno, M. Wallinger, Galerie
Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
- Maurizi, Depot, Bologne, Italy
- L'Arca di Noe, Flash Art Museum, Trevi, Italy
- Chambre 763, organisé par Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Hôtel
Carlton Palace, Paris, France
- Documentario, Spazio Opos, Milan, Italy
- Nachtschattengewächse, Musée Fridericianum, Kassel,
- Maurizio Cattelan, Colette Hyvrard, Philippe Parreno, MarkWallinger, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
- Aperto '93: Emergency/Emergenza, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

- Twenty Fragile Pieces, Galerie Analix, Genève, Switzerland
- Ottovolante, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bergamo, Italy
- Una domenica a Rivara, Castello di Rivara, Contemporary Art Center, Turin, Italy
- Trekking, Gallerie Neon, Bologna, Italy

- Loro, Castello Visconteo, Trezzo, Italy
- Briefing, Galerie Inga Pin, Milan, Italy
- Anni 90, Galerie d'Art Moderne, Bologne, Italy
- Operazione S. Giustino, Milan, Italy
- Siamo qui e stiamo facendo, Castellafiume, Italy
- Medialismo, Galerie Vitolo, Rome, Italy
- Rassegna Piccoli Editori, Castello di Belgioioso, Italy 

- prodotti recenti, Galleria Neon, Bologne, Italy 
- La carta dell'artista, Castello di Belgioioso, Italy
- Improvisiazione libera: Esperienza musicale per 70 solisti, Prato, Italy 

- I Quaderni del San Sebastiano, Oratorio San Sebastiano, San Sebastian, Italy
- La mostra non mostra, Primo Piano Gallery, Milan, Italy 
- Metessi: Tracce, passagi, scritture, gesti, impronte d'arte contemporeana, Galleria Lidia Carrieri, Rome, Italy 

Aumento di temperatura, Galleria Neon, Bologna, Italy

Emergenze I-II-III, Galleria Neon, Bologna, Italy 


- 6th Caribbean Biennial, co-organisée par Jens Hoffmann,
St. Kitts, British West Indies, West Indies
- Let's get lost, Saint Martin College, London, Great-Britain (projet refusé)

- Unfinished History, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA

- Choose your destination, how to get a Museum-paid
vacation, University of South
Florida, Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Floride , USA

- Sonsbeek '93. International Sculpture Exhibition, Arnhem,
Pays-Bas (projet refusé)

- Doppiogioco, Serre di Rapolano, Italy
- Fondazione Oblomov, Accademia di Brera, Milan, Italy
- Rassegna piccoli editori, Castello di Belgioioso,
Belgioioso, Italy

- Stand abusivo, Arte Fiera Bologna, Italy

Maurizio Cattelan - Comedian apparel (taille L)

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Comme beaucoup d'artistes contemporains, c'est l'attitude de Cattelan qui décrit le mieux son œuvre, plutôt que le type de médium qu'il utilise. D'un esprit frondeur, il pratique le paradoxe, la provocation, l'humour et l'ironie féroce — son esprit frondeur a retenu les leçons de ses maîtres, Pablo Picasso pour la culture du star-système et Andy Warhol pour son génie médiatique. Cattelan cherche en permanence à tourner en dérision l'art, son idéalisme et sa stupidité, et en particulier le monde de l'art contemporain. Il en critique la production artistique – une toile entaillée du Z de Zorro devenant par exemple une référence dérisoire au travail de Lucio Fontana – et le milieu des artistes. C'est là tout le paradoxe de Cattelan, car il aime se faire passer pour un artiste en marge du marché de l'Art, alors qu'il en est en fait un acteur majeur, par exemple en tant que commissaire de la biennale de Berlin.

Pour accentuer sa critique il n'hésite pas à ouvrir sa propre galerie new-yorkaise (la wrong gallery), galerie ou rien ne se vend et qui est de toute façon fermée en permanence par simple contestation. Lorsqu'il ne veut pas se déplacer lui-même pour répondre même lapidairement aux interviews, il n'hésite pas à envoyer son assistant et compère Massimiliano Gioni pour répondre aux interviews à sa place — une journaliste du New York Times s'est fait piéger.

Il a créé des œuvres mémorables qui font toujours scandale et donnent lieu à toutes sortes d'interprétations, jusqu'à mettre en cause la religion et le sacré, comme dans "La Nona Ora", qui représente une effigie, en cire et grandeur nature, du défunt pape Jean-Paul II terrassé par une météorite. Mais c'est malgré lui que ses œuvres deviennent des stars du marché. Il n'apprécia d'ailleurs pas la revente de La "Nona Ora" par son collectionneur ; pour illustrer son mécontentement il scotcha ni plus ni moins son galeriste au mur (Massimo De Carlo) afin qu'il se vende lui-même.

Il ne fabrique jamais ses pièces et utilise parfois des acteurs pour ses performances. En 1994, il a persuadé le célèbre galeriste parisien Emmanuel Perrotin de passer un mois déguisé en pénis marchant, "Errotin le Vrai Lapin". À une autre occasion, il a fait pédaler sur place les gardiens du musée où on lui demandait d'exposer.

Cattelan base donc son Art sur le tragique, le drôle mais surtout la provocation. Il veut marquer les esprits, à tel point que des accidents sont déjà arrivés ; à Milan, sur la place du 24-Mai, il avait pendu trois mannequins d'enfants à un chêne, un homme outré s'est fendu le crâne en voulant décrocher ces sculptures. L'œuvre a été retirée — mais l'incident a été largement popularisé par le journal télévisé — et continue d'exister à travers les documents d'actualité enregistrés à l'époque.