Last Conversation Piece

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Last Conversation Piece
Conversation Piece
Artist Juan Muñoz
Year 1994–1995 (1994–1995)
Type Bronze
Dimensions 169 cm × 620 cm × 820 cm (66.5 in × 244 in × 321 in)
Location Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., United States
Coordinates 38°53′16.95″N 77°1′24.42″W / 38.8880417°N 77.0234500°W / 38.8880417; -77.0234500
Owner Smithsonian Institution

Last Conversation Piece is a public artwork by Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz located outside of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, United States.[1]


This sculpture consists of three pieces which display five figures with bulbous bodies (reminiscent of punching bags). Three are huddled together having a conversation, while two are at opposite ends of the space, moving towards the three in conversation. The three figures seem almost violent in their discussion while the two who rush towards them show concern. They are placed on a grassy area of the sculpture garden.[1]



The sculpture was originally on display at the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York City up until April 13, 1995. The piece was a museum purchase made the same year and was put on display in March 1996.[2]


"Last Conversation Piece" served as the final in his "conversation piece" series. Muñoz became weary of the series and chose to expand out in styles as a protest of being lumped into a single sculptural genre.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2008). "Last Conversation Piece, (sculpture).". Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture. Smithsonian. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2007). "Juan Muñoz". Collection. Smithsonian. Archived from the original on 5 June 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Juan Muñoz. Muñoz, Juan & Neal David Benezra. Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago Press. 2001. p 47-48.