Juan Muñoz, Conversation Piece (detail), 1996, dimensions variable. Photo: Luis Asin Image.


Juan Muñoz

Guggenheim Museum | Bilbao
Avenida Abandoibarra, 2
May 27–September 28, 2008

Tate Modern
January 24–April 27, 2008

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
Rua Dom João de Castro, 210
October 31, 2008–January 18, 2009

Curated by Sheena Wagstaff

Juan Muñoz, who died prematurely just a few weeks after his installation Double Bind opened in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in 2001, described his activity as that of a storyteller. Inspired by a deep curiosity about the world, his work too many forms—illusionistic perspectives of patterned floors; chalk drawings of rooms and doorways; balconies providing a detached, but still engaged, viewpoint; statues of dwarfs, prompters to the play of life; sound works; performances; and, of course, those conversational groups of figures with laughing Chinese faces. The full range of his practice will be represented in this major show of more than ninety works, including several that have not been previously exhibited. Travels to the Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, May 27–Sept. 28; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal, Oct. 31, 2008–Jan. 18, 2009.