Untitled, 1999
Oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm

artist profile

Guillermo Kuitca



lives and works

Buenos Aires, Argentina

about the artist

One of the most important painters to have emerged from Argentina, Guillermo Kuitca continues to work in his birthplace, Buenos Aires, to produce art that occasionally reveals undertones of his national history, and is, always, universal. Metaphors for social systems and behavioral structures, diagrams of all sorts are wielded in a spectrum of ways to map, investigate, and, occasionally, subvert the notions of location and expectation. His prolific oeuvre encompasses drawings, collages, and installations, as well as paintings that often offer a dual, diametric viewing experience—an alienating impression standing from afar coupled with an intimate reading when up close. An artist since he was thirteen years old, Kuitca represented Argentina in the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, and is collected internationally by numerous important museums. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held all over the world at spaces such as the Daros Foundation in Zürich, Switzerland; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain; the Fondation Cartier in Paris, France; the Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Museo Alejandro Otero in Caracas, Venezuela; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, Chile. In the United States, retrospectives such as Guillermo Kuitca: Everything, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980–2008 traveled through the Miami Art Museum in Miami, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.; Burning Beds Guillermo Kuitca: A Survey 1982–1994 moved between the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus and the Center for the Fine Arts in Miami, as well as the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, UK.

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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Cleveland Museum of Art, USA

Dallas Museum of Art, USA

Daros Collection, Zurich, Switzerland

Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France

Fundació La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC., USA

Instituto Valencia de Arte Moderno, Spain

Le Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, France

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA

Colección Costantini, Buenos Aires, Brazil

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Milwaukee Art Museum, USA

Museo Extremeno e Iberoamericano, Badajoz, Spain.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Brazil

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico

Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal

Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada

Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tate Modern, London, UK

The Jewish Museum, New York, USA