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Juan Muñoz, b.1953

Dublin Rain Room1994

Creating an interior where it perpetually rains, Juan Muñoz made ‘Dublin Rain Room’ for his solo exhibition at IMMA in 1994. The scale is approximately 1/5 of the architectural scale. The work poses a subject–object problem; we are afforded the position of having a total or encompassing view of a world as represented by the space of the room – however, the subject (our self) is absent.

The space between, the space which may have enabled or inhibited a kind of communication, was absolutely crucial to [Muñoz]. James Lingwood (curator of Muñoz’s solo show at IMMA in 1994)

MediumWood, copper, water, perspex, pump
DimensionsDimensions variable
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donated by the artist, 1994
Item NumberIMMA.2868
Copyright Clare Lymer photography.
For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Juan Muñoz, Dublin Rain Room, 1994, Wood, copper, water, perspex, pump, Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donated by the artist, 1994

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Juan Muñoz 1953–2001

Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz (1953-2001) moved to England in the 1970s to attend Croyden College and the Central School of Art and Design. Using a range of materials including papier-mâché, resin and bronze, in his sculpture, drawings and installations scaled down figures both interact, and invite the viewer to relate to them. Muñoz had a solo exhibition at IMMA in 1994. He participated in the Venice Biennale in 1986, 1993 and 1997, and was awarded Spain’s major Premio Nacional de Bellas Artes in recognition of his work in 2000.
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