La Siesta/The Nap/Dutje, 1995
Collection of C.A.C. Ebro Foods, S.A.
— Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid
Photo: Joaquín Cortés/Román Lores Museo
Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
A pioneer in the fields of conceptual and media art, Antoni Muntadas' rigorous practice includes performance, video, photography, multi-media installations, publications, web-based projects and public art. Muntadas: Entre/Between, a survey exhibition of the artist's more than forty-year career, includes a selection of key works that manifest his ongoing exploration of the important political and social issues of our time.
Incorporating in-depth research and astute readings of cultural situations, Muntadas' incisive works have addressed ideas such as the relationship between public and private, the role of the media in transmitting ideas and information, and the complex dynamics of architecture and other social frameworks. From his early works of the 1970s that utilized the senses and his 1981 manifesto that demanded audiences consider “What are we looking at?” to his ongoing series On Translation, which wrestles with cultural interpretation, Muntadas has created a vast body of work that investigates the visible and invisible systems of power in a society dominated by the spectacles of mass media, hyper-consumption and constantly evolving technologies.
The Gallery's Chief Curator/Associate Director Daina Augaitis was invited by the artist and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid to curate this major exhibition, a great honour and recognition of Augaitis' ongoing engagement with the artist's work. The exhibition opened to great acclaim at the Reina Sofía—one of Europe's most prestigious contemporary art museums—in November of 2011 with an official ceremony attended by Queen Sophia of Spain before travelling to the Museu Gulbenkian in Lisbon and the Jeu de Paume in Paris. The Gallery is thrilled to be hosting the final presentation of this important international exhibition.
Muntadas: Entre/Between is organized into nine constellations of thematically linked works from different moments of the artist's career and traces the diverse subjects that have occupied his interest for four decades.
Muntadas: Entre/Between is organized by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director.
Generously Supported by:
Joan Anderson, Rick Erickson and Donna Partridge,
Sherry Killam, Martin and Sally Parker, and the
United States Consulate General in Vancouver.