Juan Muñoz

Van Abbemuseum

Both illusion and allusion—in terms of scale, color, composition, and tone—seem central to the work of Juan Muñoz. This exhibition, which featured sculptures, installations, and drawings from 1984 to 1991, found the artist combining a series of references, approaches, and styles that have characterized his work for the past decade. As such, each piece could be approached as a unique object and as an integral part of the whole of the exhibition. Passing from one room to another inevitably put each work into a changing yet complementary context.

Muñoz’s distinguishes between literature and story telling. His art rejects any facile dramatic or theatrical interpretation, turning object, figure, and installation into a kind of open-ended labyrinth. The storyteller puts various elements and references into play, which sets the act of narrative into motion while not completing it. A good example

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