Juan Muñoz: Double Bind

PLANTA project 
Plana del Corb of Sorigué
Lleida, Northern Spain
From 30 October 2017


PLANTA, the project of the Sorigué business group and the Fundació Sorigué (one of Spain’s leading art foundations), will present the first showing in Spain of Double Bind, Juan Muñoz’s most celebrated work, in the spectacular setting of Lleida, Spain, opening to the public on Monday 30 October 2017.

Juan Muñoz is regarded as one of the leading artists in contemporary sculpture of the late 20th century. The monumental installation Double Bind is considered to be his masterpiece, the culmination of his expression as an artist. The work was originally created for Tate Modern in 2001, the second ever commission for the Turbine Hall series.  This new showing will be a unique opportunity for a larger audience to experience the theatrical, spatial and narrative language of one of the artists who led the return to the human form in sculpture.

Double Bind will be the first installation to be presented in the PLANTA project, a place for talent and creativity in a business environment and that has been designed to promote artistic, architectural, and entrepreneurial innovation.

The work will also be represented in the documentation centre at PLANTA, offering insight into Muñoz’s working process with drawings and notes made by the artist himself, as well as documentary images and videos, catalogues and a selection of sound recordings.

Located in the vast industrial complex of La Planta del Corb of Sorigué in Lleida, the PLANTA project is a major new initiative for contemporary art and business innovation sponsored by Sorigué and its foundation.  It will present large-scale works by leading international artists, alongside extensive documentation and learning resources for a new public. In the coming months, following the first presentation of the work of Juan Muñoz, PLANTA will show work by William Kentridge, Bill Viola and Wim Wenders.

Juan Muñoz (1953-2001), born in Madrid, is regarded as one of the leading artists in contemporary sculpture of the late 20th century. During the twenty-year period of his artistic activity, Muñoz, who liked to describe himself as a storyteller, chose sculpture as his preferred medium, though he often took an interest in drawing, writing, performance and sound.

In 2000, he was awarded Spain’s major Premio Nacional de Bellas Arts in recognition of his work. Numerous solo exhibitions have been mounted of Muñoz’s work internationally. These include Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam/Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (1991), Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (1992), Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin (1994), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (1995), Museo Nacional de Reina Sofía in Madrid (1996), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. (1997), and Tate Modern (2001). At the time of his death he was about to open a retrospective at the Hirshshorn Museum in Washington DC, which opened posthumously and travelled to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. A major posthumous retrospective of his work was mounted in 2008 at Tate Modern and travelled to the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Reina Sofia in Madrid. His work has also been included in the Venice Biennale (1986 and 1997), Carnegie International (1991), Documenta 9 (1992), and Sydney Biennale (2000).

The PLANTA project is located in the industrial complex of Plana del Corb of Sorigué in Lleida in Northern Spain. Conceived to drive the exchange between creative talent and business innovation, the project was selected by Rem Koolhaas as a Collateral Event at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Future plans include the development of a new 7,500 sq metre museum and observatory space designed by Ábalos + Sentkievicz Architects (AS+).

The Sorigue Foundation was established in 1985 by Julio Sorigué and Josefina Biasco, founders of the Sorigué engineering and construction company. The Foundation is active in a number of social welfare projects in the region and is a strong supporter of culture. This includes the creation of a contemporary art collection, today considered one of the most important in Spain, which includes more than 450 works of contemporary art including painting, drawing, photography, new media and sculpture. In 2015, the collection was awarded the “Arte y Mecenazgo” (Art and Patronage Award), by the “La Caixa” Foundation. And in 2017 it was recognized with the Premio GAC al Coleccionismo. The PLANTA project unites the social responsibility programme of Sorigué combining art, with architecture, landscape, science, knowledge and enterprise.


Double Bind, Juan Muñoz, at PLANTA project. Courtesy Estate of Juan Muñoz. Fundació Sorigué, 2017