The success story of a “provocateur, joker, and tragic poet of our time”.
Documentary film director and stringer Maura Axelrod who used to film military disputes, turned to disputes in contemporary art. Her film Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. It tells the story of an Italian artist who shook the art world. The film reveals the details of a huge and controversial exhibition by Cattelan at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Curators, collectors, ex-girlfriends are trying to help the viewers to solve the Cattelan mystery. He is a flamboyant successor of Duchamp who made Hitler pray on his knees and the Pope fall along with a meteorite. Cattelan is one of the most expensive contemporary artists, a prankster, who at the dawn of his career closed the gallery showcasing his first personal exhibition and left the note ‘Be right back’.
Participant of the Tribeca Film Festival–2016
Participant of the CPH:DOX Film Festival–2017
Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back
Maura Axelrod, USA, 2016, 95 min