Marta Minujín

Argentinean, b. 1943

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Marta Minujín

Argentinean, b. 1943

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One of Argentina’s most prominent contemporary artists, Marta Minujin is best known for producing conceptual and participatory events, or “Happenings”. Beginning her career in Paris, Minujin later moved to New York, where she befriended Andy Warhol, whose influence can be seen in her works that satirize consumer culture. One of her best-known works from those years, Minuphone (1967), invited viewers to enter a telephone booth, dial a number, and watch as sounds and colors projected from the glass panels, while a television screen on the floor displayed the caller’s face. In 1983, following the return of democracy to Argentina, Minujin created a monument to freedom of expression, The Parthenon of Books (1983), in which a structure built of newly unbanned books was erected in the middle of a Buenos Aires thoroughfare; after it was dismantled, the books were distributed to the public.

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Biography

One of Argentina’s most prominent contemporary artists, Marta Minujin is best known for producing conceptual and participatory events, or “Happenings”. Beginning her career in Paris, Minujin later moved to New York, where she befriended Andy Warhol, whose influence can be seen in her works that satirize consumer culture. One of her best-known works from those years, Minuphone (1967), invited viewers to enter a telephone booth, dial a number, and watch as sounds and colors projected from the glass panels, while a television screen on the floor displayed the caller’s face. In 1983, following the return of democracy to Argentina, Minujin created a monument to freedom of expression, The Parthenon of Books (1983), in which a structure built of newly unbanned books was erected in the middle of a Buenos Aires thoroughfare; after it was dismantled, the books were distributed to the public.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MALBA
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
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Dec 2nd, 2016
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