Thursday, August 27, 2009

Art Ibiza: Juan Muñoz

An exhibition of the works of Madrid born sculpture Juan Muñoz is just about to finish in the Reina Sofia Museum in in his town. Around half a million visitors have passed through the doors in just four months to gaze on his sculptures.

Wikipedia claims that Muñoz, who studied at Croydon college, “began breaking the rules of traditional sculpture by sculpting works in a "narrative" manner which consisted of creating smaller than life-size figures in an atmosphere of mutual interaction. Muñoz's sculptures often invite the spectator to relate to them, making the viewer feel as if they have discreetly become a part of the work of art. His slate-gray or wax-colored monochrome figures create a sort of discreetness due to their lack of individuality, but that absence of individuality questions the viewer, perhaps even so much as to make the viewer uncomfortable.”

So, what's the connection with Ibiza?

“Juan Muñoz died suddenly of cardiac arrest caused by an aneurism of the esophagus and an internal hemorrhage at the age of 48 in his summer home in Santa Eulària des Riu, Ibiza, in 2001” (sic)

Juan Muñoz (Madrid, 1953-Ibiza, 2001).

Photos from my visit to the same exhibition in the Guggenheim museum, Bilbao.

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