Barcelona, Spain, 1942.
He studied in the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineering in Barcelona and in the Pratt Graphic Center in New York. He has given and directed seminars in various institutions in Europe and the United States, including the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, the Schools of Fine Arts in Bordeaux and Grenoble, the University of California in San Diego, the Art Institute in San Francisco, the Cooper Union in New York and the University of Sao Paulo.
Furthermore, he has been a resident artist and teacher in various research and education centers, including the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester (USA), the Banff Center in Canada, the Arteleku in San Sebastian, Le Studio National des Arts Contemporains Le Fresnoy in Lille Metropol and the University of Western Sydney.
He has received several prizes and scholarships from, among others, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Arts Electronica in Linz (Austria) and the Laser d'Or in Locarno (Switzerland). In the year 2005, he received the National Prize for Plastic Arts granted by the Ministry for Culture, due to the consideration of the jury of "his artistic career and his influence on contemporary Spanish art. Muntadas is, without a doubt, one of the artists with the greatest international recognition. Halfway between the media and the visual arts, his contribution to the renovation of artistic language, including video, television, etcetera, is exceptional." In 2009 he received the Velázquez Price for Plastic Arts.
Currently, he is a guest teacher in the Program of Visual Arts in the M.I.T. School of Architecture in Cambridge (M) and in the University Institute of Architecture in Veneto (Venice). In 2005, he participated in the 51st edition of the Venice Biennale, transforming the Spanish Pavilion into the waiting room of an airport. The project was titled On Translation.
His work is based on the use of audio-visual technologies: video, internet, computers - always in relation to social phenomena and as a critical response to the mass media. He works in a wide variety of formats.
Considered to be one of the pioneers of media art and conceptual art in Spain, Antoni Muntadas claims that his objective 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. He conceives his works as "artefacts" (in the anthropological sense of the word, i.e., as something that can be activated in different ways depending on the context and the time in which it is presented), and has addressed topics such as the changing relationships between the public and the private, the naturalisation of consumerist logic, the processes of cultural standardisation imposed by globalisation, the use of architecture as a legitimation tool for political and economic power, the importance of mass media in the expansion of financial capitalism, the operation of the artistic ecosystem or the use of fear of the "other" as a strategy for social control.
He is particularly interested in the interrelationship between architecture and social life and in the tension created between public and private spaces.
He has participated in many exhibitions in the most important institutions in the world, such as Documenta in Kassel, the Guggenheim Museum and MoMA in New York, the MACBA in Barcelona, the Jeu de Paume in Paris and the Reina Sofia National Art Center in Madrid.
He has lived in New York since 1971.
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