someone ate maurizio cattelan's $120,000 banana at art basel in miami

someone ate maurizio cattelan's $120,000 banana at art basel in miami

UPDATE 12/08/2019: new york-based performance artist david datuna ate maurizio cattelan’s $120.000 banana at art basel in miami. ‘I love maurizio cattelan’s artwork and I really love this installation, it’s very delicious,’ wrote datuna on his instagram account where he posted the whole performance called hungry artist. meanwhile, galerie perrotin insisted that the piece lives on: ‘he did not destroy the work, the banana is the idea,’ said perrotin’s spokesman lucien terras to the herald.


the gallery reported the incident to security but datuna was not arrested.



back in 1999 in milan, italian artist maurizio cattelan literally attached his gallerist, massimo de carlo, to the wall using duct tape, in a sort of crucifixion way. fast-forward to today, the artist has done it again but this time he did it in miami during art basel miami beach 2019 with a banana. called comedian, the artwork has stirred a controversy among the event attendees and the international press as it has been sold — two times already — for USD$120.000 at galerie perrotin‘s booth.

maurizio cattelan's comedian, a duct taped-banana sold for $120.000 at art basel miami
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composed of a real banana attached to the wall with just one piece of duct tape, comedian by maurizio cattelan for galerie perrotin at art basel miami beach 2019 showcases the artist’s characteristic commentaries — it’s a hyper-realistic sculpture satirizing popular culture and offering an ironic commentary on society, power, and authority. following the same line of america, an 18-karat gold toilet by cattelan, this piece offers insight into how we assign worth and what kind of objects we value.

maurizio cattelan's comedian, a duct taped-banana sold for $120.000 at art basel miami
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‘the idea of this work came to the artist’s mind a year ago,’ comments galerie perrotin. ‘back then, cattelan was thinking of a sculpture that was shaped like a banana. every time he traveled, he brought a banana with him and hung it in his hotel room to find inspiration. he made several models: first in resin, then in bronze and in painted bronze for finally coming back to the initial idea of a real banana.’


this marks the first time cattelan has shown something in an art fair in 15 years.

maurizio cattelan's comedian, a duct taped-banana sold for $120.000 at art basel miami
image courtesy of gallerie perrotin



project info:


name: comedian

artist: maurizio cattelan

gallery: galerie perrotin

presented at: art basel miami beach 2019

  • Utterly disgusting and almost beyond belief. Time Cattelan and his followers walked the street of any large town at night to see the homeless. Thousands of pounds/dollars spent by silly people in a rotten banana. Give the banana to a hungry man and the rest of the money to a Shelter or Food Bank. I am appalled .

    Avalon Eastman says:
  • Is it just me or is anyone else craving some peanut butter and a glass of milk?… each for $150k a piece, of course…

    Hf says:
  • Mmmmm … well, this should be easy to plagiarise … I’ll just pop out to the shop for a banana … I’ve got lots of duct tape… Voila! Ugh …

    beachcomber says:
  • A crazy world marvels at it’s cultural progress

    rick says:
  • If anyone has another spare banana that they can call Art, that I can buy for 120k to dodge some taxes, please let me know, I will split the money with you.

    Joe Bloggs says:
  • PR stunt

    Marlo says:
  • The person who bought it is metaphorically walking naked down the street.

    Gordon Feeney says:

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