Sculpture, Installation view

Juan Munoz /   Juan Muñoz

Spain 1953 - 2001

Installation, Sculpture

Juan Munoz
Juan Muñoz
March 10, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Juan Muñoz was a Spanish sculptor, working primarily in paper maché, resin and bronze. He was also interested in the auditory arts and created compositions for the radio. He was a self-described “storyteller”. Muñoz is celebrated for his innovative combination of sculpture and installation art, in works that place figures in a specific architectural setting in order to blur the line between reality and artifice.

Born in Madrid, Muñoz studied art at the University of Madrid, the Croyden College of Design and Technology in London, and at Pratt Graphic Center in New York. He began gaining recognition for his sculptures in the 1970’s, first depicting dwarves and mannequins, and later expanding his production to include ballerinas and animated figures in conversation, often mounted on block-shaped bases that give them a sense of inanimate repose. Muñoz worked in several media, creating multimedia installations to accompany his visual works in some exhibitions, and obscuring the boundaries between sculpture, painting, installation, and performance. In his series of Conversation Piece works, he incorporates the human figure into his public installations, evoking specific scenes, sites, and interactions in ambiguous scenes left to the viewer’s interpretation. He frequently draws upon source material—ranging from literature, music, and theater, to canonical art history—enhancing the multimedia aspects of his practice.

He died unexpectedly from a stomach hemorrhage in 2001, at just 48 years old. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Dia Foundation in New York, Documenta in Kassel, and at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. He created many public installations on commission during his lifetime, and was awarded Spain’s Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas Prize in 2000.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Madrid Club MatadorGroup
2013Kent Turner Contemporary, Juan MuñozGroup
2012Juan Muñoz Skarstedt Gallery, New YorkSolo
2009Juan Muñoz Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, SpainSolo
2009Silences: un choix d’oeuvres de Marin Karmitz Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France; Museu Colecçao Berardo, Lisbon, PortugalGroup
2008Self as Selves Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, IrelandGroup
2008Juan Munoz, A RetrospectiveTate Modern; Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, SpainSolo
2007The 1980’s Topology Museu Serralves, Porto, PortugalGroup
2007Comic Abstraction The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New YorkGroup
2007Juan Muñoz: Sculptures and Drawings Musée de Grenoble, FranceSolo
2006Juan Muñoz Marian Goodman Gallery, New YorkSolo
2006Juan Muñoz - Rooms of My Mind K21, Dusseldorf, GermanySolo
2005Juan Muñoz. La voz sola La Casa Encendida, Madrid, SpainSolo
2005Centre of Gravity, curated by Rosa Martinez Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
2004Reflecting the Mirror Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
2004Bodily Space: New Obsessions in Figurative Sculpture Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New YorkGroup
2003Unilever Series: Juan MuñozTate Gallery, Great Hall, London, EnglandSolo
2003Juan Muñoz Public Art Fund, Doris Freeman Plaza, New YorkSolo
2003Juan Muñoz Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILSolo
2003A Sculpture Show Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
2003Images of Society Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, SwitzerlandGroup
2002Startkapital(from the Ackermans Collection, K21 Kustsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany, Documenta 11, Kassel, GermanyGroup
2001Dialogue Ininterrompu Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, FranceGroup
2001AnimationsPS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New YorkGroup
2001Atlantes Galería Pepe Cobo, Sevilla, SpainGroup
2001Juan Muñoz, Sponsored by Unilever Tate Modern, London, EnglandSolo
2001Juan Muñoz: The Nature of Visual Illusion Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, DenmarkSolo
2001A Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities,Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan CollectionCalifornia College of Arts y Crafts Institute, Oliver Art Center, OaklandGroup
2000Máquinas Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Group
2000Around 1984: A Look at Art in the 80's P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, 21 Mayo-SeptiembreGroup
2000BernierEliades Gallery, AtenasGroup
2000Between Cinema and Hard Place The Tate Gallery of Modern Art, Londres, 12 Mayo-3 DiciembreGroup
2000Over the Edges,En los límites, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 1 Abril-30 JunioGroup
2000Biennale of Sydney 2000 12th Biennale of Sydney, Group
2000Juan Muñoz: The Nature of Visual Ilusion,Naturaleza de la ilusión visual Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, HumlebækSolo
1999Juan Muñoz: A Brief Description of My Death,Una breve descripción de mi muerte, BernierEliades Gallery, AtenasSolo
1999Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien20er Haus and k,haus-Künstlerhaus, Viena, 5 Julio-OctubreGroup
1999Zeitwenden: AusblickKunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, 4 Group
1999Juan Muñoz: Crossroads,Cruce de caminos Marian Goodman Gallery, New YorkSolo
1998Juan Muñoz: Certain Drawings in Oil and Ink Algunos dibujos en óleo y tinta 1996-1998 Sala Robayera, MiengoSolo
1997Juan Muñoz: Mobiliario Marco Noire Contemporary Art, TurinSolo
1997Directions: Juan Muñoz Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.Solo
1996Juan Muñoz: Monólogos y diálogos Palacio de Velázquez, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, MadridSolo
1996Juan Muñoz Galerie Jean Bernier, AtenasSolo
1996Museum für Gegenwartskunst, ZürichSolo
1995Juan Muñoz Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de CompostelaSolo
1995Juan Muñoz: Portrait of a Turkish Man Drawing Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, BostonSolo
1993Juan Muñoz Galerie Konrad Fischer, DüsseldorfSolo
1990Erste Einzelausstellung in den USA Renaissance Society, Universität von ChicagoGroup
1987Erste Einzelausstellung in einem Kuseum CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporian, BordeauxGroup