Sourcing inspiration from the Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, Cattelan has put together gold reliquaries, ancient Roman marble heads, Old Master portraits, carpets and tapestries, and more. Cattelan explored the relationship between image and reality, hinting at the origination of a copyright and the artistic value of an original.
On view are works by artists like Nina Beier, Brian Belott, Anne Collier, Jose Dávila, Wim Delvoye, Eric Doeringer, Sayre Gomez, Andy Hung Chi-Kin, Matt Johnson, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Kapwani Kiwanga, Ragnar Kjartansson, Josh Kline, Louise Lawler, Margaret Lee, Hannah Levy, Philippe Parreno, Jon Rafman, Mika Rottenberg, Reena Spaulings, Sturtevant, Superflex, Oscar Tuazon, Lawrence Weiner, Yan Pei-Ming, and Damon Zucconi.
Each gallery presents its own universe, both familiar and foreign. An installation by Kapwani Kiwanga is colored in bright pink with LED lights above and a corridor in shades of blue; floor-to-ceiling paintings cover a long, narrow room with a domed ceiling; and a replication of the Hollywood sign either provides the perfect backdrop or the perfect replica—you decide.
In celebration of “The Artist is Present,” Gucci’s ArtWalls now feature promotional posters in New York, London, Milan, and Hong Kong. Soon, Shanghai will gain its own, too.