Two hour round trip to see a dead squirrel

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For most people, a dead squirrel is something to avoid, to step over if you really have to. Being the art dork that I am, a dead squirrel is something to build a day trip around. Well, as long as said squirrel has been stuffed, put in an art gallery and looks like it has committed suicide.

Bidibidobidiboo (1996) by Maurizio Cattelan is a dead squirrel in a miniature version of Cattelan’s childhood kitchen. As you can guess, is it all a delightfully macabre play on the classic Cinderella story. The happy little woodland dude, faced with a double dip recession and lack of a steady job killed himself in a moment of desperation.

I was quite sceptical before I saw Bidibidobidiboo. I thought it was going to be about the shock factor, almost a Damien Hirst type scene. Actually, I found it adorable. Yes it was dead, stuffed and imitating…

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Author: meine kleine kunstgeschichte

I study Art History at the LMU Munich. I am interested in early Christian and Byzantine art and also in Islamic and Medieval art and architecture.

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