The work of Antoni Muntadas addresses the social and political power encoded in contemporary media. His projects engage a range of forms, including photography, video, installation, audio recording, and urban intervention. Early works include Emisión/Recepción, 1974, The Last Ten Minutes, 1975–77, On Subjectivity, 1978, and La Television, 1980. Muntadas continued with installations that investigate institutional dynamics, such as Exposicion/Exhibition, 1985–87, The Board Room, 1987, Stadium, 1988, and the seminal eight-channel video installation Between the Frames (The Forum), 1983–93. In 1994 he made The File Room, an early interactive Web archive, which documents instances of censorship. The next year Muntadas began On Translation, an ongoing series that examines issues of transcription, contextualization, and interpretation. His public projects have included Media Eyes, Cambridge, Massachusetss, 1981; Messages to the Public, New York, 1984; The Limousine Project, New York, 1990; Comemoraçãos Urbanas, São Paulo, 2002; El Tran Urbano, San Juan de Puerto Rico, 2004; and Die Stadt, Barcelona, Lille, and Graz, 2004;
Since 1971, the year of his first solo show, in Madrid, and the year he moved to New York, Muntadas has been a vibrant contributor to a global critical conversation around structures of power. He is currently Professor of Practice at MIT’s Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT). He has received many honors, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts; awards from Arts Electronica in Linz and Laser d’Or in Locarno; and the Premi Nacional d’Arts Plàstiques de la Generalitat de Catalunya. In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Premio Velásquez, given by the Spanish government in recognition of the contributions to Spanish and Spanish-American culture.
Muntadas has exhibited widely both in the US and abroad. He was in the 1977 and 1997 editions of Documenta, the 1991 Whitney Biennial, the 1983 São Paolo Biennial, the 2004 Kwangju Biennial, the 2002 Taipei Biennial, the 2000 Havana Biennial, the 2011 Istanbul Biennial, and the 2012 Paris Triennale. In 2005 he represented Spain at the Venice Biennial. In 2011 his work was the subject of a major career-spanning exhibition at the Reina Sofía in Madrid. Muntadas’s work has also been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund; Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen; Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart; Istanbul Museum of Modern Art; and the Bronx Museum.