Juan Muños: Drawings / Dibujos 1982-2000
Juan Munoz, Dieter Schwarz, James Cahill, Manuela Mena
Ceniro Botín Centre & La Fabrica, 2022
Exploring the little-known drawing practice of a late giant of Spanish sculpture. Juan Muñoz (1953-2001) was a Spanish artist and self-described “storyteller” who worked primarily as a sculptor. Best known for his unsettling papier-mâché characters that seem to be caught in the middle of an action suspended in time, Muñoz made remarkable and pioneering breaks from the traditional and formal language of sculpture by introducing narrative elements into his work. This is the first overview of Muñoz’s little-known work in illustration, featuring his drawings and works on paper held by museum and gallery collections across Europe and the United States. With critical texts and essays to accompany the works, this volume contextualises the artist’s drawing practice both within his larger oeuvre and the influence of 18th- and 19th-century European and Spanish drawing traditions. AUTHOR: Juan Muñoz (Spain, 1953-2001) studied art in London and awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York. His most noteworthy works are unsettling sculptures of characters that seem to be caught in the middle of an action suspended in time. In his artistic career, it is remarkable the break with the traditional concepts of sculpture through the introduction of narrative elements. Muñoz’s work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern in London – one of the most celebrated exhibitions of the English centre – , the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among others. SELLING POINTS: . Juan Muñoz was a Spanish sculptor best known for his enigmatic sculptures of strangely haunting human figures created from the late 1980s until his untimely death in 2001 at the age of 48 . Substantial hardcover presentation of his drawings and works on paper held by museum and gallery collections across Europe and the United States.