Maurizio Cattelan, the artworld prankster, is often known for his dark humor and satirical works. For his latest exhibition in collaboration with Gucci, the Italian artist envisages the idea of “copy” as a global culture. It’s a rather interesting (and timely) presumption especially in this social media age when the concept of plagiarism has been blurred and its effects far-reaching. To stage the exhibition in China, the world’s biggest counterfeit capital, is another interesting subtext. Cattelan handpicked over 30 artists to showcase a series of works that question the principles of art in our modern times. The works challenge the notion of whether a copy can elevate the original work, or be even better than it? Perhaps without knowing, copying is a gesture we carry out every day. But you know what they say: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Check out some of our favorites from the exhibition here.
Open now till 16 December at YUZ Musuem, Shanghai.