Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz

16.09.22 29.10.22

Xippas Geneva Past

Opening Thursday September 15, from 6 to 9 pm
On the occasion of the Nuit des Bains

Xippas gallery in Geneva is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Vik Muniz, that brings together unique works produced this year from the Surfaces series. The Brazilian artist, who has extensively researched the classical works of Cubist masters such as Pablo Picasso, Albert Gleizes, Maria Blanchard, Georges Braque and Juan Gris, reveals here how aspects of memory, ambiguities of image representation and a rich interconnection between different means of expression form the basis of his production.

Vik Muniz was born in 1961 in São Paulo. He lives and works between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and New York, USA.

He has had numerous international solo exhibitions, including the Brigham Young University Museum of Art (2021), ArtScience Museum in Singapore (2020), Sarasota Art Museum (2019-2020), Collection Lambert in Avignon, France (2019), Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, USA (2019), El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas, USA (2019), Foam Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2018), Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, USA (2018), Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria (2018), Palazzo Cini, Venice, Italy, (2017), MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico (2017), High Museum, Atlanta, USA (2016), Maurithuis, The Hague, Netherlands (2016), MUNTREF Contemporary Art Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2015), Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2014), Les Rencontres d’Arles, France (2014), CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2012), MoMA PS1, New York, USA (2007), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2007), Miami Art Museum, USA (2006), Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (2004), Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain (2004), Menil Collection, Houston, USA (2002), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (2001), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1998) and International Center for Photography, New York (1998).

His work is part of prestigious private and public collections, including MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York), Guggenheim Museum (New York), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Tate Gallery (London), Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid) among others.

In 2001, Vik Muniz represented Brazil at the 49th Venice Biennale. His work is the subject of the film Waste Land (2010) which received an award at the Sundance Film Festival 2010 and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2011. Since 2011, Vik Muniz is UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. In 2015, he founded Escola Vidigal, a visual arts school for children from the Vidigal favela in Rio de Janeiro and presented his work Lampedusa in Venice, alongside the Art Biennale.
In 2019, Vik Muniz signs a collaboration with Ruinart during his artistic residency at the Maison Ruinart in Reims (France).

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