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Maurizio Cattelan Enlists Iggy Pop, Jeff Koons & More To Read ‘Bedtime Stories’

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Artist Maurizio Cattelan, known for his duct-taped banana piece, has teamed up with New York’s The New Museum for a daily audio series called Bedtime Stories.

The joint series serves as “a way of staying together during these days of isolation.” Cattelan called upon several artists and performers, including Iggy Pop and artist Jeff Koons, to take part in the series by reading a story online. It could be from an existing work or their own piece; they can even burst into a spontaneous improv performance, as well.

Iggy Pop kicked off the series with his personal story on his long-lost dog, which he reflects on as “great happiness.” The story narrated by the musician is now available on Instagram or via the museum’s page.

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As part of its series of new digital initiatives, we're excited to announce “Bedtime Stories,” a project initiated by Maurizio Cattelan. Inviting friends and other artists and performers he admires to keep us company, Cattelan imagined “Bedtime Stories” as a way of staying together during these days of isolation. Each participant has been asked to read a selection from their favorite book – a sentence, passage, chapter, or more – to be shared with the New Museum’s online audiences. Some chose to read existing works, others to read their own writings, still others to create impromptu performances. Whether drawn from memory, imagination, or cherished volumes kept close at hand, the recordings by artists were captured quickly in an unfiltered fashion on phones or laptops in their homes or studios around the world. A new installment of “Bedtime Stories” will be made available each day through the end of June on our IGTV channel and at the link in our bio. First up, we have a bedtime story from Iggy Pop. @iggypopofficial @lomavistarecordings

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[via NME, cover image via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com and 360b / Shutterstock.com