Juan Muñoz

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He often placed the viewer in dramatic relationship to space and objects that were at once architectural and implied narrative...

Juan Muñoz was born in 1953 in Madrid, Spain, and died in 2001 in Ibiza, Spain. He studied at the Central School of Art and Design, London; Croydon College of Design and Technology, London, and Pratt Graphic Center, New York. 

Regarded as one of the most important sculptors of his generation, Juan Muñoz was known for his return to the human form in art and for his emphasis on the relationship of sculpture, architecture and the viewer. In sculptures, drawings, ‘conversation pieces’, and immersive installations, he often placed the viewer in dramatic relationship to space and objects that were at once architectural and implied narrative—a sense that something had happened or was about to happen. Frequently, Muñoz’s sculptural tableaux offer the viewer an experience of physical passage through interior spaces, suggesting a psychological landscape of presence and distance, labyrinths and solitudes, the collective and the individual.

Muñoz participated in the Venice Biennale (1986, 1993, and 1997) and has also been shown in Documenta IX (1992) and XI (2002). His work has been shown in major exhibitions at the Thomas Schutte Foundation, Holzheim, Germany (2018);  Fundació Sorigué, Lleida, Spain (2017); The Art Institute of Chicago (2016); Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy (2015); Reina Sofia, Spain (2009); the Tate Modern, London (2008); the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. (2001); Dia Center for the Arts, New York (1999); and the Renaissance Society, Chicago (1990).

He often placed the viewer in dramatic relationship to space and objects that were at once architectural and implied narrative...

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A catalog for Juan Munoz with a photo of a run-down balcony.

Juan Muñoz

Juan Muñoz’s (1953-2001) influence on contemporary sculpture has been immense. The 2015 exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery pays tribute to an artist who shed new light on the way to make, think...
A catalog for Juan Munoz with sculptures of trains.

Juan Muñoz

The 2006 exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York was a moving tribute to the work of one of the most important sculptors of his generation. Alongside numerous plates, this catalogue focuses...

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