Cristina Iglesias

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Cristina Iglesias
Cristina Iglesias - Berria.jpg
Born1956 (age 65–66)
San Sebastián, Spain
EducationUniversidad del País Vasco, Chelsea College of Art
Known forInstallation Art
Spouse(s)Juan Muñoz

Cristina Iglesias (San Sebastian, November 1956) is a Spanish installation artist and sculptor living and working in Torrelodones, Madrid. She works with many materials, including steel, water, glass, bronze, bamboo, straw. On January 20, 2016 she was awarded the Tambor del Oro in San Sebastian. Iglesias was the first Spanish woman invited to exhibit her work at the Folkestone Triennial in 2011.[1] She is the sister of Academy Award-nominated film composer Alberto Iglesias.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Iglesias was born in San Sebastián, Northern Spain in 1956.[4][5] She commenced a degree in Chemical Sciences at Universidad del País Vasco in 1976 before out in 1978 to practise ceramics and drawing in Barcelona. In 1980, she moved to London to study Sculpture at the Chelsea College of Art in London where she met her husband, Juan Muñoz and other artists such as Anish Kapoor.[6]


Mirrored structure in the form or a small dwelling, set in a forest.
Umeå sculpture park/Sweden with 13 Resin and Bronze Powder Panels (2000)
Deep Fountain by Cristina Iglesias, 2009

Iglesias began exhibiting in the 1980s and has since taken part in over 60 individual and group exhibitions in Europe, North America and Japan.

Solo exhibitions[edit]

Year Gallery
1991 Kunsthalle Bern[7]
1994 Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven
1998 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York
2003 Irish Museum of Modern Art[8] in Dublin
2006 Museum Ludwig in Cologne
2007 Instituto Cervantes in Paris
2007 Doors to the new wing of the Museo del Prado, Madrid
2016 Musée de Grenoble in Grenoble

Group exhibitions[edit]

Year Show
1986 Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale
1993 Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale
1990 18th Sydney Biennale
2000 Carnegie International, Museum of Art Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh
2000 Exposición Universal in Hannover
2002 Happiness[9] at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo
2005 Big Bandat the Centre Pompidou in Paris
2006 SITE, Santa Fe
2010 Pacing Through Architecture,[10] Whitechapel Gallery
2011 Folkestone Triennial


Iglesias was honoured with the National Award for Plastic Arts in 1999.[11] She was also awarded the Berliner Kunstpreis in 2012.


  1. ^ "Cristina Iglesias, primera española en la Trienal Folkestone". Europa Press. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  2. ^ "'He made the world larger'". The Guardian. 2 September 2001. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Juan Munoz". The Daily Telegraph. 31 August 2001. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Cristina Iglesias". Guggenheim. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  5. ^ Great women artists. Phaidon Press. 2019. p. 197. ISBN 0714878774.
  6. ^ "Cristina Iglesias: agua, acero y seda". El País (in Spanish). 31 July 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Kunsthalle Bern". Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Cristina Iglesias at the Irish Museum of Modern Art". Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  9. ^ "MORI ART MUSEUM [HAPPINESS]". Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Robbrecht and Daem: Pacing Through Architecture - Whitechapel Gallery". Whitechapel Gallery. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  11. ^ Samaniego, Fernando (11 December 1999). "Pablo Palazuelo y Cristina Iglesias comparten el premio nacional de Artes Plásticas" [Pablo Palazuelo and Cristina Iglesias Share the National Award for Plastic Arts]. El País (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 21 June 2019.