The World’s Funniest Artists

Joan Cornellà, Carpe diem, 2019

Funny artists generously offer their vision of the world, sometimes annoying, sometimes carefree. It seems that humor in art has two faces. It can offer relaxation as well as strong awareness. Being in the center of strong admiration or strong rejection, funny artistic expression does not always cause unanimity among the audience!

We suggest you to discover more surrealist and charming works of fine art.

Marcel Duchamp: the pioneer of humor in visual art

Marcel Duchamp, L.H.O.O.Q., 1919

Marcel Duchamp undoubtedly left his mark on the history of fine art. His unique imprint is characterized, among other things, by the fact that he brought humor and wit to art. He had his own unique approach to adding mockery and irony to his work.

He showed that “nothing is serious enough to be taken seriously”. This approach to humor with such finesse helps to separate from the mockery and sass. He used fanciful names such as “Fountain” for the urinal and “Return to the Mona Lisa” (or L.H.O.O.Q.), as with other readymades. Using old or new, he made funny old paintings and updated humorous works.

A series of quality jokes made this artist a cult figure in contemporary fine art.

Marcel Broodthaers: famous and funny artworks in paradox

Marcel Broodthaers, Les Animaux de la Ferme, 1974, Tate Modern, London, UK

Inspired by the surrealist artist René Magritte and the French poet Stéphane Mallarmé, Marcel Broodthaers built his art on the humor of change. The artist used fun ordinary objects such as eggs, molds or pipes placed side by side at his own discretion. He sought to give them a new content, which then became absurd and funny.

Broodthaers played on paradoxes and contradictions. He opposed the original and its copy, the image and its representation, the real and the fiction. This artist marked his time because his work remains cheerful and eloquent even today.

Maurizio Cattelan: the cheeky kid of satirical art

Maurizio Cattelan, L.O.V.E., 2010, Piazza degli Affari, Milan.

Neither the art nor the wit f Maurizio Cattelan leave the audience indifferent. A defiant child of modern art, he personifies the unpresentable, mocking institutions and the art world. In his works, we find on an irreverent podium: the Pope killed by a meteorite, or Hitler kneeling, praying. More trivially, he then realized LOVE, the giant middle finger located in front of the Milan Stock Exchange.

We also owe the artist the work titled The Comic: a banana sold for 120,000 euros! Or placing the emblematic letter “Hollywood” on a hill overlooking the Palermo dump.

These series of wit pranks sometimes cause admiration, and sometimes contempt. Cattelan approaches the concept of truth from all angles.


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