Repetition and OriginalityShanghai - The Artist Is Present

Exhibition curated by Maurizio Cattelan in
collaboration with Alessandro Michele


The Artist is Present,  Exhibition View


At the Yuz Museum has inaugurated the exhibition The Artist is Present, curated by Maurizio Cattelan and powered by Alessandro Michele’s Gucci. The exhibition features a selection of more than thirty artists, foreign and Chinese, that will show works that question the most hallowed principles of art in the modern era: originality, intention, expression. In an era where everything is reproduced, nothing really keeps the aura of originality, suggesting the urgency to overcome an old concept of counterfeit in favor of a new way to conceive copy as an indispensable tool for facing our contemporary society. The show explores how originality can be reached through the act of repetition, and how originals themselves can be preserved through copies. It consists in a physical immersion in the reign of imitation, a land where the core values that used to identify with an artwork in the Western world, such as originality, intention, expression, and authorship, are dismantled.