Alfredo Jaar

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Be Afraid of the Enormity of the Possible (2015) by Alfredo JaarTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

With his rigorously analytical approach

the chilean artist is renowned for a series of demanding projects which stemmed from the need to examine the context in which he works in order to reveal those contradictory aspects which normally remain ignored or repressed.

Next (c) (2007) by Alfredo JaarTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

These projects eventually end up as installations whose communicative effectiveness relies on the combination of different components: architectural or theatrical elements incorporate materials of various kinds including the frequent use of photographs, light boxes and texts.

Lament of the Images (2002) by Alfredo JaarTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

Jaar has realized more than seventy public interventions around the world. Over sixty monographic publications have been published about his work. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. He has never been afraid of using his work to explore the most crucial, pressing and dramatic issues of contemporary life. Jaar believes in a correlation between ethics and aesthetics and in the  active and socially responsible role of the artist.

Milan, 1946: Lucio Fontana visits his studio on his return from Argentina (2013) by Alfredo JaarTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

Cultura = Capitale (2012) by Alfredo JaarTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

Born in 1956 in Santiago, Chile, Jaar trained as an architect and director of photography before moving to New York in 1982.

Gold in the Morning (09), Alfredo Jaar, 1985, From the collection of: THAT'S CONTEMPORARY
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Searching For Gramsci (2004) by Alfredo JaarTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), Sao Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010) as well as Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum, New York; Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MOCA and LACMA, Los Angeles; TATE, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centro Reina Sofia, Madrid; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; MAXXI and MACRO, Rome; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlaebeck; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art; Tokushima Modern Art Museum; M+, Hong Kong; and dozens of institutions and private collections worldwide.

Spheres of Influence (02) (1990) by Alfredo JaarTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

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This virtual exhibition was brought together with Lia Rumma Gallery on the occasion of the Exhibition "Lament of the Images" visitable from the 19.10.18.
Discover more here. Courtesy images of Galleria Lia Rumma Milano/Napoli.

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