Issue #32, 2009

Stadium: Homage to the Audience
Antoni Muntadas

Antoni Muntadas was born in Barcelona in 1942 and lives 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 in Bordeaux and Grenoble, the University of California in San Diego, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Cooper Union in New York, 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 the Visual Arts Program in the School of Architecture at the MIT in Cambridge and the Istituto Universitario de Arquitectura del Veneto in Venice.

Muntadas has received several prizes and grants, including those of 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 Plástiques awarded by the Catalan Government. One of his most recent awards is the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas for the year 2005 granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

His work has been exhibited in numerous museums, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Berkeley Art Museum in California, the Musée Contemporain de Montréal, 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 other 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 those in São Paulo, Lyon, Taipei, Gwangju and Havana.

Subsequently to On Translation: I Giardini displayed at the Spanish Pavilion in the last edition of the Venice Biennial, his latest solo exhibitions include Protokolle, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Muntadas: 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 makes an intervention at the Mies van der Rohe Pavillion with the Project Muntadas. On Translation: Paper BP/MVDR. In Montreal he shows La construction de la Peur at the Contemporary Art Gallery SBC and Muntadas: Vidéo, média critique, a retrospective presented at the Cinémathèque Quebécoise.