Antoni Muntadas exhibits in Spain


Opening  November 22nd at 8pm

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
November 23, 2011 – March 26, 2012

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia organized a major exhibition by the internationally recognized artist Antoni Muntadas, one of the early practitioners of conceptual and media art. Surveying his prolific career, the exhibition is organized around 9  constellations that cut across an art practice spanning 4 decades. Muntadas has utilized actions, video, photography, multi-media installations, publications, public art, the internet, radio and other media to address key political and social issues of our time. Incorporating in-depth research and astute readings of cultural situations, his incisive works have addressed ideas such as the relationship between public and private, the flows of information along the media landscape, and the inherent power of architecture and other social frameworks. From the early works of the 1970s that utilized the subsenses, to his 1981 manifesto demanding that audiences consider “What are we looking at?,” to his ongoing series On Translation that wrestles with cultural interpretation, Muntadas has created a vast body of work that frames a discourse on the visible and invisible systems of power in a society dominated by the spectacles of mass media, hyper consumption and ever-advancing technologies. His work does not offer precise narratives or solutions; rather it lies between, uncovering what exists in the spaces that both separate and connect.

This survey exhibition premiered a newly commissioned installation and is accompanied by a comprehensive, fully-illustrated book published in Spanish and English by ACTAR. Following its presentation in Madrid, the exhibition will tour to Portugal, France and Canada. The exhibition is produced by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and curated by Daina Augaitis, Vancouver.