The European Biennial of Contemporary Art

28 June 31 October 2014

St. Petersburg, Russia The State Hermitage Museum

Juan Muñoz

Waiting for Jerry

Juan Muñoz, Waiting for Jerry, 1991. With the support of Acción
Cultural Española (AC/E). Collection of the Juan Muñoz Estate
Photo: Kristien Daem, courtesy Estate of Juan Muñoz

Born 1953 in Madrid, Spain
Died 2001 in Ibiza, Spain

Juan Muñoz was one of the leading artists of his generation. In addition to his sculpture and installation work, he also created several works for radio and the theater. Writing played an important role in Muñoz’s work throughout his career. He wrote essays on art history and contemporary art, fiction, plays, and poetry. He collaborated with John Berger in “Will it be a likeness?” (1996); Gavin Bryars in A Man in a Room, Gambling (1997); and John Malkovich and Alberto Iglesias in A Registered Patent. A drummer inside a rotating box (2001). In 1996–1997 he completed an influential installation at the Dia Foundation, New York, titled A place called abroad. In 2000 he received the Spanish National Visual Arts Prize and in June 2001 exhibited Double Bind at the Tate Modern in the Turbine Hall. Major solo exhibitions of his work were held throughout the world, and he is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Tate Gallery, London; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; the National Museum Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and the MACBA, Barcelona, among others.