The Board Room
(installation view) Boston, 1987
Antoni Muntadas Professor of the Practice 1990 - present
Antoni Muntadas was born in Barcelona in 1942 and has lived in New York since 1971. Through his works he addresses social, political and communications issues such as the relationship between public and private space within social frameworks, and investigates channels of information and the ways they may be used to censor or promulgate ideas. His projects are presented in different media such as photography, video, publications, the Internet, installations, and urban interventions.
Muntadas has taught and directed seminars at diverse institutions throughout Europe and the United States, including the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, the Fine Arts Schools of Bordeaux and Grenoble, the University of California in San Diego, the San Francisco Art Institute, Cooper Union, the University of São Paulo, and the University of Buenos Aires. He has also been welcomed as a resident artist and consulting advisor by various research and education centres including the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, the Banff Centre in Alberta, Arteleku in San Sebastian, The National Studio for Contemporary Arts Le Fresnoy, and the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Visiting Professor at ACT in the Department of Architecture at MIT and the Instituto Universitario de Arquitectura del Veneto in Venice.
Muntadas has received several prizes and grants from sources including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Electronica in Linz, Laser d’Or in Locarno, the Premi Nacional d’Arts Plàstiques awarded by the Catalan Government, the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas 2005, and the Premio Velázquez de las Artes Plásticas 2009 granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
His work has been exhibited in numerous museums, including MoMa, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Musée Contemporain de Montreal, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires, the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro, and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, while international events in which he has presented work are the VI and X editions of Documenta Kassel (1977, 1997), the Whitney Biennial of American Art (1991), the 51st Venice Biennial (2005) and others in São Paulo, Lyon, Taipei, Gwangju, and Havana. On Translation: I Giardini displayed at the Spanish Pavilion in the 2005 edition of the Venice biennial. Other solo exhibitions include Protokolle, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Proyectos Urbanos (2002/2005), Hacia Sevilla 2008, Centro de las Artes de Sevilla and Muntadas. Histoires du couteau, Le Creux de l’enfer, Centre d’art contemporain, Thiers. In 2006 he presented the installation On Translation: SocialNetworks at the Inter-Society of Electronic Arts in San José, California. In 2007 Muntadas/BS. AS. was exhibited simultaneously at the Telefónica Foundation Space, the Recoleta Cultural Center and the Spanish Cultural Center in Buenos Aires. In 2008 he presented Petit et Grand at the Cervantes Institute in Paris and Muntadas: The Construction of Fear and the Loss of Public Space at the José Guerrero Cultural Centre in Granada. During 2009 he made an intervention at the Mies van der Rohe Pavillion with the Project Muntadas. On Translation: Paper BP/MVDR. In Montréal he showed La construction de la Peur at the Contemporary Art Gallery SBC and Muntadas: Vidéo, média critique, a retrospective presented at the Cinemathéque Quebécoise. In 2010 he presented On Translation: Açik Radyo, Myths and Stereotypes, supported by the program Lives And Works in Istanbul, exhibited at the Istanbul Modern Museum. Muntadas: Entre/Between, was shown at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, between the months of November 2011 and March 2012. In 2013, Muntadas exhibited Informação-Espaço-Controle in Estaçao Pinacoteca in Sao Paulo, Brazil; and About Academia, at The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. This exhibition traveled to the Arizona State University Museum and to the American Academy in Rome, Italy. In 2013 also showed Protocolii Veneziani I. at Galeria Michella Rizzo in Venice and Muntadas at Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, Madrid.