PRINT April 2002


Juan Muñoz

IN HIS PREFACE to Naked Masks: Five Plays by Luigi Pirandello, Eric Bentley wrote of the Sicilian playwright's belief that the essentially human thing was not merely to live but also to see oneself living, to think. For Pirandello, dramatic form was a challenge to show more of the inner life of humans, to show people seeing themselves, to let characters become roles and speak for themselves. Thus, maintained Bentley, Pirandello's people “think” a lot, but their thinking is part of their living, not their maker's speculations or preaching. Like Pirandello, the artist Juan Muñoz believed in thinking. Through his tenacious investigations of art and life, which ranged from the classical to the eccentric, from the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas to the philosophical nonsense of Edward Lear, from the anatomies of grief to the strategies of games, this cosmopolitan Spaniard came to excel at the

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