previews

  • Juan Muñoz

    Pirelli HangarBicocca
    Via Chiese 2
    April 9 - August 23

    Curated by Vicente Todolí

    Over the past decade, high-profile exhibitions in major venues, including Tate Modern, London, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, have kept Spanish artist Juan Muñoz on the radar. His oeuvre has aged unevenly: The figurative work now appears somewhat overwrought, while the ambiguous architectural pieces have retained their currency. Though Muñoz’s significance may lie in how he “returned the human figure to contemporary sculpture” (as suggested by HangarBicocca’s press materials), it is valuable to reconsider other facets of his practice. All the better, then, that this exhibition—the artist’s first retrospective in Italy—promises an in-depth examination of his multimedia oeuvre. The show will include some twenty works (that together feature more than 150 sculptures) dating from 1986 until Muñoz’s death in 2001, alongside several events that will foreground the artist’s more allusive, nonfigurative works in sound.