Juan Muñoz’s serie characters seem to have escaped the stage of a theatre: they appear in the exhibition space as if they have been displaced, and retain a distance with the viewer like that of an actor performing in a play.

Just slightly smaller than life size, they seem to have been caught in the middle of an action framed in time, like the petrified humans found on archaeological sites such as Pompeii and Herculaneum — in fact, their colour also evokes the ashes of the volcano that caught the inhabitants of those two Roman cities and framed them for all eternity.

JUAN MUÑOZ (Madrid, 1953 – Ibiza, 2001) Untitled, 2000 Pigmented polyester resin and fibreglass.130 x 65 x 50 cm.

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