Alfredo Jaar

The artist, architect, and filmmaker, was born and later educated in Santiago de Chile.

Alfredo Jaar challenges commonly held opinions about the relationship between art and politics. He fuses the aesthetic and the ethical to focus on injustices around the world — poverty, exploitation, genocide. Jaar’s images are often presented within complex but spare installations made of found objects, posters, projected images, reflective surfaces, and photo-text pieces; they show the tangled effects of international economic and political realities on the lives of individuals.

Alfredo Jaar’s work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (1986; 2007; 2009; 2013), São Paulo (1985; 1987; 2010), Sydney (1990), Istanbul (1995), and Johannesburg (1997), as well as in the documenta in Kassel (1987; 2002). Important solo exhibitions include The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (1992), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1992), the Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1997), as well as Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2005), and the Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne (2007). The latest retrospectives were organised in 2012 in Berlin by the Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, in 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, and in 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Marseille.

He has realized more than sixty public interventions around the world. He recently completed two important public commissions: The Geometry of Conscience, a memorial located next to the just opened Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago de Chile, and Park of Laments, a memorial park within a park sited next to the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

More than fifty monographic publications have been published about his work. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. In 2006, he received Spain’s Premio Extremadura a la Creación.

The artist lives and works in New York City.


Recent and upcoming exhibitions

Prospect Triennial, New Orleans, USA
Group exhibition
November 18, 2017 – February 25, 2018

Valparaiso, Chile
XX Bienal de Arquitectura
Group exhibition
October 26 – November 10, 2017

Imperial War Museum, London, England
Age of Terror
Group exhibition
October 25, 2017 – May 28, 2018

Quirinale Palace, Rome, Italy
From Me to Us: cities without borders
Group exhibition
October 24 – December 17, 2017

Yorkshire Sculpture Garden, Yorkshire, England
The Garden of Good and Evil
Solo exhibition
October 12, 2017 – April 6, 2018

Fort Mason Chapel, San Francisco, USA
Group exhibition
October 7, 2017 – March 11, 2018

MUMOK, Vienna
Natural Histories. Traces of the Political
Group exhibition
September 23, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
The Image of War
Group exhibition
September 19, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, USA
Memories of Underdevelopment
Group exhibition
September 17, 2017 – January 2018

Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
After the Fact
Group exhibition
May 30 – September 17, 2017

Carpintarias de São Lázaro, Lisbon, Portugal
Solo exhibition
May 20 – September 3, 2017

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA
A logo for America
Solo exhibition
April 24 – August 6, 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, USA
99 Cents or Less
Group exhibition
May 18 – August 6, 2017

Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Solo exhibition
February 10 – April 15, 2017

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Breaking News
Group exhibition
December 20, 2016 – April 30, 2017

Galeria Massangana, Recife, Brasil
The Politics of Images
Solo exhibition
December 3, 2016 – February 28, 2017

Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
In Context: Africans in Amerika
Group exhibition
November 17 – December 17, 2016

Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Schweden
The Society Machine - The Industrial Age from the Perspective of Art
September 24, 2016 – January 15, 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA
Witness: Photography and the Human Condition
Group exhibition
July 2, 2016 – February 19, 2017



Selected publications

Beatrice Merz et al.
Abbiamo amato tanto la rivoluzione
Published by: Fondazione Merz, 2013
ISBN: 978-8877572578

Madeleine Grynsztejn et al.
Alfredo Jaar: Venezia Venezia
Published by: Actar, 2013
ISBN: 978-0989331739

Lucy R. Lippard et al.
Alfredo Jaar: The way it is. An Aesthetics of Resistance
Published by: NGBK Neue Gesellschaft
für Bildende Kunst, 2012
ISBN: 978-3938515471

Okwui Enwezor
The Sound of Silence
Published by: NGBK Neue Gesellschaft
für Bildende Kunst, 2012
ISBN: 978-2914171403

Information on shows at the gallery

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