Richard I. the Lionheart
stuffed rabbit and glass
23 × 9 × 22 cm
Inv. No. 0001
Maurizio Cattelan´s work always provokes, and he is successful in revealing the commonplace and acting politically by using remarkably simple means.
Richard I., the rabbit with the eyes of a lion, allows those with a background in history to grasp the lighter side of the work more rapidly, than if it had a lion’s heart, which would not be visible. A lion’s heart would disfigure the rabbit; turn it into a shapeless lump. The English king of the same name was incarcerated in Lower Austria on his journey home from a crusade, and his ransom used for important city buildings.
The clear intellectual reference to the work to Lower Austria, to the business that has its main focus in Lower Austria, is a good example of regionalism without provincialism.
Georg Kargl, 2005 (translation: Tim Sharp)
Now, At The Latest. videos and other attractions from the evn collection, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, 2015
Best of Austria, Lentos, Linz, 2009
Nach Rokytník. The collection of EVN, MUMOK, Vienna, 2005
Fallobst. Witz Ironie Kunst, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, 2001
There is something you should know. Die EVN Sammlung im Belvedere, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, 2000
Maurizio Cattelan - All, New York City 2011, p. 205