previews

  • Juan Muñoz

    Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen - K20
    Grabbeplatz 5
    October 14, 2006–February 4, 2007

    Curated by Julian Heynen and Valeria Liebermann

    Juan Muñoz once claimed that his figurative sculptures stand in opposition to Frank Stella’s what-you-see-is-what-you-see approach to painting. For the Spanish artist, sculpture need not be at odds with painting’s centuries-old drive to trick the eye. Yet despite the obvious differences between the two media, Muñoz’s signature assemblies of grinning and gesturing people force a navigation of space that creates an unexpected dialogue with Minimalism. Five years after the artist’s premature death at age forty-eight, this survey will allow viewers to judge how well sculptural illusionism holds up in the present. K21’s Julian Heynen and Valeria Liebermann offer Germany’s first comprehensive look at more than thirty sculptures and installations as well as Muñoz’s drawings, photographs, and sound works.