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Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan

Continuing our series of exhibitions at the Theseus Temple, this year the Kunsthistorisches Museum is presenting a single work by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan.

Maurizio Cattelan (born 1960 in Padua) is among the most well-known and provocative artists of our time. His humorous and satirical sculptures – from La Nona Ora (1999), a depiction of Pope John Paul II struck by a meteorite, to Him (2001), a life-like mannequin of Adolf Hitler as a small boy – invariably generate both controversy and debate. Cattelan was a founder of The Wrong Gallery, co-curator of the Berlin Biennale in 2006, and editor of various magazines and journals.

The work on exhibition belongs to the Collezione Prada, and was selected in collaboration with them. The Kunsthistorisches Museum has partnered with the Fondazione  Prada to produce the exhibition Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treausures, curated by filmmaker Wes Anderson and writer and illustrator Juman Malouf, which will be presented in Milan in September 2019 following its display in Vienna.

Contemporary Art at the Theseus Temple

Beginning in 2012, the museum began a new series of exhibitions within the Temple, a neo-classical structure built by court architect Peter von Nobile in 1823 to be the home for a single work of then-contemporary art: Antonio Canova's white marble masterpiece Theseus Slaying the Centaur. For almost seventy years, this artwork stood alone inside the building, until in 1891 it was moved to the newly completed Kunsthistorisches Museum where it still stands today. More than a century later, these exhibitions have returned the Temple to its original purpose: to house remarkable artworks by contemporary artists, one at a time.

Artists who have previously exhibited at the Theseus Temple include Ugo Rondinone (2012), Kris Martin (2012), Richard Wright (2013), Edmund de Waal (2014), Susan Philipsz (2015), Ron Mueck (2016), Kathleen Ryan (2017) and Felix Gonzalez-Torres (2018).


25 April 2019
to 6 October 2019

The Theseus Temple
Volksgarten, 1010 Wien

Opening hours
April to October
during exhibitions
daily 11am - 6pm

Opening Hours Volksgarten
April 1 - October 31, 6am - 10pm

Holiday opening hours

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