Antoni Muntadas

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Antoni Muntadas
Antoni Muntadas i Enric Franch durant el muntatge de Between the Frames The Forum al MACBA, 2011.jpg
Antoni Muntadas and Enric Franch during the assembly of the ehibit Forum Between the Frames, at MACBA, in Barcelona.
Born 1942
Known for installation art and new media art

Antoni Muntadas (born in 1942 in Barcelona), often known mononymously as Muntadas, is a multidisciplinary installation and media artist.


Antoni Muntadas was an early pioneer of video and installation in the mid-seventies, and he has continued to work with photography, video, installation, audio recording, and urban intervention. Iterations of his iconic projects—such as Between the Frames: The Forum (1983–93), The Board Room (1985), and the ongoing series On Translation (1995– ) and The Construction of Fear (2008– )—have been widely exhibited at institutions and galleries in North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Over four decades, Muntadas has been creating these projects, which critically reflect on key issues in the configuration of contemporary experience. His aim is to detect and decode the control and power mechanisms through which hegemonic ways of seeing are built, exploring the decisive role played by the mass media in this process. In his works, which always have a clear processual dimension and often make a direct call for viewer participation, Muntadas uses a number of media, languages and discursive strategies, from interventions in public space to video and photography, from the publication of printed material to the use of Internet and the new digital tools, from multimedia installations to the organisation of multidisciplinary, collaborative research projects.[1]

Muntadas participated in the 1977 and 1997 editions of Documenta, the 1991 Whitney Biennial, the 1983 São Paulo Biennial, the 2000 Havana Biennial, the 2002 Taipei Biennial, the 2004 Kwangju Biennial, the 2011 Istanbul Biennial, and the 2012 Paris Triennale curated by Okwui Enwezor. In 2005 he represented Spain at the Venice Biennale, where he realized a comprehensive project on the architectural evolution of the Biennale over its history. Recent surveys have included exhibitions at the Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona; Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City; Weserburg, Bremen; Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Buenos Aires; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; and the Estaçao Pinacoteca, São Paulo. Just closing is “Entre/Between,” a major career-spanning exhibition at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, curated by Daina Augaitis.

Muntadas has received numerous honors, including awards from 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, and the Premi Nacional d’Arts Plàstiques de la Generalitat de Catalunya. In 2005 the Spanish Ministry of Culture awarded him the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas.[2]


MUNTADAS, "Words: The Press Conference Room," 1991
  • 2011 "Eleven" at Kent Fine Art, New York[3]
  • 2011 "Entre/Between" at Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Curated by Daina Augaitis
  • 2011 "Informação>>Espaço>>Controle" at Estaçao Pinacoteca, Associaçao Pinacoteca Arte e Cultura. São Paulo, Brasil
  • 2011 "About Academia" at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • 2011 "Atención: La Percepción requiere participación" at National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow
  • 2010 "On Translation : Açik Radyo (Myths & Stereotypes)" at Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2009 "La construcción del miedo y la pérdida de lo público" at Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
  • 2006 Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2005 Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale
  • 2004 Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City
  • 2004 Neuen Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
  • 2003 Museum Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
  • 2000 Base/Progetti per l'arte, Florence, Italy
  • 2001 Berkeley Art Museum at University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 2000 Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Canada
  • 2000 "Multiplier, Médiatiser" at the Cneai, Chatou, France
  • 1999 Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1999 Casa de la Moneda Biblioteca Luis Angel Arang, Bogota, Colombia
  • 1998 Fundacion Arte y Tecnologia, Madrid, Spain
  • 1998 Museum of Contemporary Art/Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1997 on translationfor the website Documenta x, Kassel, Germany
  • 1996 Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1995 Vera List Gallery at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • 1994 CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France
  • 1994 Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
  • 1992 Fundacao de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
  • 1992 IVAM - Centre del Carme, Valencia, Spain
  • 1990 Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 1989 Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada
  • 1988 Centro de Arte Reina Sofia], Madrid, Spain
  • 1982 Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA.
  • 1979 Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
  • 1976 The Kitchen, New York
  • 1971 Galeria Vandres, Madrid, Spain

Exhibition Catalogues[edit]

  • Muntadas: Entre/Between. Texts by Daina Augaitis, Eugeni Bonet, Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, Ina Blom, Marcelo Expósito and Gerald Raunig, Brian Wallis, Judith Revel, Marc Augé, Simón Marchán Fiz, Iris Dressler, Emily Apter, Raymond Bellour, Octavi Rofes, Lise Ott, Sven Spieker, Anne-Marie Duguet, Mary Anne Staniszewski. Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2011.
  • Muntadas / BS.AS. Texts: Laura Buccelatto, Andréa Giunta, Robert Atkins, Ana Longoni, Valentin Roma, Iliana Hernández García, Florência Rodríguez. Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Buenos Aires. 2007.
  • Muntadas. Protokolle. Texts: Karl-Josef Pazzini, Iris Dressler, Hans Dieter Huber. Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany. 2006.
  • On Translation: I Giardini. Texts: Marc Augé, Raymond Bellour, Eugeni Bonet, Francesca Comisso, Bartomeu Marí, Maria Vittoria Martini, Angela Vettese, Mark Wigley. 51. Biennale Internazionale d’Arte, Venice. 2005.
  • Proyectos. On Translation: La Alameda. Texts: Paloma Porraz Fraser, Príamo Lozada, Néstor García Canclini, Magalí Arriola, Francisco Reyes Palma. Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City. 2004.
  • Muntadas Projekte 1974-2004. On Translation: Erinnerungsräume - On Translation: Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten. Texts: Anne Thurmann-Jajes, Cordelia Marten, Iris Dressler, Bartomeu Marí, Ursula Frohne. Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany. 2004.
  • On Translation: Das Museum. Texts: Iris Dressler, Reinhard Braun, Valentín Roma, Eugeni Bonet. Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany. 2003.
  • Muntadas: On Translation: Museum Texts: Octavi Rofes, Mary Anne Staniszewski, Jose Ignacio Roca, Bartomeu Mari., Jose Lebrero Stals and others. Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona. 2002.

Public Collections[edit]

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Donell Public Library, New York; Everson Museum, Syracuse. New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California; Rotch Library - M.I.T., Cambridge, Massachusetts; University Art Museum, Berkeley, California; Artotheque, Grenoble; Caisse des Depots et Consignations, Paris; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Collection Tournereau-Bosser, Paris; Collecio Diari Avui, Barcelona; Collecio Tous/De Pedro, Barcelona; Deutsche Messe AG Hannover, Messegelaende, Hannover; Fons Regional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) de France-Comte; Fons Regional d'Art Contemporain (FRAC) Corsica; Fons Regional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) de Basse-Normandie; Fons National d'Art Contemporain, Paris; Foundation Danae, Poully, France; Fundacio Museu Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA); Fundació La Caixa, Barcelona; Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia; Ludwig Museum, Budapest; Museo de Vitoria, Vitoria, Spain; Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels; Sudwest L.B., Stuttgart; Videoteca Caixa de Barcelona; Fundacao de Serralves, Porto, Portugal; Galerije Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia; Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires; Museu de Arte Contemporanea, São Paulo; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas; The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada; National Gallery, Ottawa; Israel Museum, Jerusalem.


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