Juan Muñoz, Spanish artist

Juan Muñoz was one of the most productive and interesting contemporary artists of the Spanish stage. This year we will be able to see his work in the Muñoz retrospective in Queen Sophia, essential revision of the Spanish contemporary art.

Muñoz was born in Madrid in 1953 and died in Ibiza in 2001, his sculptural work is of the most innovative because from the 90s the narrative begins to be employed at the sculpture across his facilities, breaking with the Spanish traditional sculpture.

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Contemporary art auction in Sotheby's

On May 12 Sotheby's celebrates the first meeting of the auction of contemporary art in New York, with 49 pieces of contemporary artists internacionacionales, between which we emphasize these artists:

Two seated figures, of Juan Muñoz

Sculpture of polyester, resin and cotton on wood
152.4 x 152.4 x 94 cm
Executed in 1996
Starting price: 306.000 – 459.000 €

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Retrospective of Juan Muñoz in images

Figures sat with five drums, 1999

We are already on the day of the opening of the most finished retrospective of the work of Juan Muñoz in Queen Sophia. Although it is similar to that we could see in the Guggenheim Bilbao, the sample of Queen Sophia will offer some unpublished pieces.

For whom do they want to have a glance of the exhibition, here some of the works in sculpture that compose this only Muñoz exhibition, one of the artist more important Spanish contemporaries.

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Retrospective of Juan Muñoz in Queen Sophia

On April 22 Queen Sophia inaugurates in the National museum Center of Art the finished retrospective of the work of the Spanish artist, Juan Muñoz.

What will we be able to see? The sample promises a finished trip for the Muñoz career, with works in all the skills: sculpture, facilities, drawings, wireless pieces and writings, many of the pieces are unpublished and they have not been seen in the previous retrospectives.

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Exhibitions agenda 2009 in Spanish museums

Portrait of the Pope Inocencio X of Francis Bacon

2009 will start with an explanatory variety for all the tastes, since some museums as Queen Sophia, Prado Museum and Thyssen Bornemisza have already moved forward his programming that includes contemporary art and modern art.

  • On February 3 there will be inaugurated in the Prado Museum of Madrid the retrospective devoted to Francis Bacon with 70 works that will produce homage to the anniversary of birth of the artist. For May, there is had programmed the opening of the biggest retrospective of the work of Joaquín Sorolla, with more than 100 pictures, between which there stand out 14 panels of the Vision of Spain.

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The best of the contemporary art of 2008

Work of Lucio Muñoz in the exhibition Silencis

Since we are of memoirs of the best thing and the worst thing, in Art Spain we have selected 5 facts of the contemporary art of 2008 that he is worth while remembering:

1. This position touches the exhibition Silencis in the Monastery of Siloes, that Carlos Franco assembled 24 Spanish contemporary artists, between them to Antoni Tàpies, José Maria Sicilia, Joan Miró, José Manuel Broto, Esteban Vicente, Miquel Barceló, Cristino de Vera, Susana Solano, Albert Rafols-Casamada, Martin Chirino, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Sergi Aguilar, Sergio Belinchón, Manuel Rivera, Eduardo Chillida, Manolo Millares, Juan Carlos Savater, Lucio Muñoz, Miguel Ángel Blanco, Carmen Laffón, Gustavo Torner, Xavier Mascaró and Francesc Ruiz. This way 8 years of exhibition were celebrated in Siloes.

2. The exhibition of Elizabeth Peyton in New York, the young and international contemporary artist that more we like, both in the pictorial language and in the subject-matter that it tackles.

3. The exhibition Machines and Souls of the Museum Queen Sophia, who assembled for the first time in this space, to the creators of the contemporary art and the new technologies, beginning a big way for the institutional legitimization of the average art, net art, digital art and vídeoarte.

4. The retrospective of Juan Muñoz in the Guggenheim Bilbao, which there assembled big part of the work of this so valued Spanish artist.

5. The exhibition Works Graph 10 The Country in the gallery Marlborough, with works in artist's engraving as Eduardo Arroyo, José Manuel Broto, Rafael Canogar, Martín Chirino, Juan Genovés, Luis Gordillo, Cristina Iglesias, Antonio López García, Jaume Plensa and Manolo Valdés.

Video of the work of Juan Muñoz in the Guggenheim Bilbao

Since they know until September 28 the big retrospective one will be able to see that the Museum Guggenheim Bilbao dedicates Juan Muñoz.

Here one more video of something of what it is possible to see, but remember that this big sample also is completed by wireless works, drawings and writings, what capital to this exhibition me it understands again.

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Queen Sophia promises to extend his offer for the period 2008-2009

Without doubts, please or not, Queen Sophia is the excellent museum of Spain, the place where all the national artists gasp, although it is in more a depth of his heart, to be exhibiting one day. Weigh badly that weighs, it is necessary to happen for the legitimized institutions of the art and there it is when this proposal of Queen Sophia turns out to be interesting to me.

Yesterday it covered for all the means the good piece of news: Queen Sophia will diversify his explanatory offer, including for the period 2008-2009 sculptures, unknown emergent artists, music, dance and scenic arts in his programming. I hope this sincerely is a "real" way to the democratization of the museum and the art in general.

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Video of the retrospective of Juan Muñoz in Guggenheim Bilbao

Finally from yesterday we will be able to see the retrospective of Juan Muñoz in the Guggenheim Bilbao. So that you go getting accustomed to the imaginary space of the sculptures - facilities of Muñoz this short video that he sums up some of his strangers and perturbantes personages.

In autumn, the retrospective on Muñoz will be dismantled to continue trip, first to Oporto and, finally, to Madrid.

The retrospective comes to Spain in honor to Juan Muñoz


Series Drawings, 1992

Today will be inaugurated in the Museum Guggenheim of Bilbao, the biggest retrospective of the Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz (Madrid, 1953 – Ibiza, 2001), originated from Tate Modern of London. The same one will be carried out until the next September 28.

In the exhibition there will appear his sculptures and facilities, like 40 sketches of the series “Raincoat Drawings“, presenting also the numerous literary works that it left like sample of his literary passion. Between these we find several essays and writings of diverse topics.

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