Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum

If you missed the retrospective by the Spanish sculptor and showman Juan Muñoz at Tate Modern, now is your chance to catch it at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. The show features nearly 80 works, including his sculptures and installations, drawings, radio works and writings.
Muñoz (1953-2001), who died of a heart attack at the age of 48, created works that are playful and contemplative. From his early architectural pieces such as staircases, balconies and banisters to optical floors, Muñoz would challenge his visitor's perceptions. With windows that can't be opened and banisters that can't be leaned on, these installations can be strangely disquieting. In "Wasteland", a linoleum floor generates an optical illusion that leads the spectator's gaze to a ventriloquist's dummy looking at paintings of interiors.
By contrast, "Many Times", an installation of repeated gray figures, seems to allude to the organized conviviality of society, while "Seated Figures with Five Drums" captures the conversation of band mates.
Interestingly, Muñoz described himself as a narrator, and what shines through is his skill at engaging the visitor into his fictional world.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
May 27 through to October 5, 2008
Avenida Abandoibarra, 2
48001 Bilbao
T.+ 34 94 435 90 00