Oh dear, Maurizio Cattelan has killed Banksy! su PHAIDON 18 luglio

Eternity (2018) by Maurizio Cattelan. Image courtesy of Forme nel Verde 2018

The annual Forme nel Verde festival, held in the sixteenth century Horti Leonini gardens in San Quirico d’Orcia, Tuscany, is a celebration of young, contemporary art. This year the event will show works by 250 young artists and art students, hosting sound works, performances and a street art poster show. However, one special, new commission by the Italian art prankster Maurizio Cattelan isn’t there to praise artists, so much as bury them. For his work, Eternity, Maurizio has commissioned young artists at the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara to create around 100 gravestones for well-known figures in the art world – both alive and dead.

Filippo Gallorini, “Lapide all’amicizia” (2018) courtesy of Forme nel Verde 2018
Cattelan’s own grave in Eternity (2018) by Maurizio Cattelan

The work is a continuation of a project he began back in April, when he recieved an honorary degree from the Academy; the headstones, fashioned from Carrara marble among other materials, are dedicated to such well known artists as Banksy, Joseph BeuysCaravaggioGustav KlimtPiero Manzoni and René Magritte.

Davide Vanzo “Lapide a Piero Manzoni per Maurizio Cattelan” (2018), courtesy of Forme nel Verde 2018

Banksy’s features one of his signature rodents, while Maurizo’s own grave is graced with a model of his own dog – defacating. Let’s hope this summer’s visitors show this graveyard, which opens officially on 28 July, a greater degree of respect.

Carlo Santini “Lapide di Banksy” (2018),  courtesy of Forme nel Verde 2018

Domenico Festa “lapide di Josepeh Beuys” (2018, courtesy of Forme nel Verde

For a more tasteful take on this artist, get Massimo Bottura’s Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef, which features an interview between Bottura and Cattelan; for more on art worth taking a trip to see order a copy of Destination Art.

Antonio Reda “Lapide di Gustav Klimt” (2018) courtesy of Forme nel Verde

Jonathan Campisi e Michela Tabaton Osburne “Da Vinci’s code” (2018) courtesy Forme nel Verde