Biography Guillermo Kuitca

Guillermo Kuitca is an Argentinean artist who was born in Buenos Aires in 1961, where he continues to work and live. Kuitca’s work has been shown extensively around the globe, and is included in many important public collection, including The Tate Gallery, England; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC ; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY and The Daros Collection, Zürich, Switzerland . Kuitca represented Argentina at the 2007 Venice Biennale.[1] Recurrent themes of travel, maps, memory, and migration can be found in Kuitca’s work.
Guillermo Kuitca is represented by Hauser & Wirth.

Early and Mid-1980s
In the early and mid-1980s, Kuitca made works which incorporate theater imagery. Many paintings from this period feature figures on a stage-like platform, with titles often inspired by plays, literature and music.

Late 1980s and Early 1990s
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Kuitca began to integrate the subjects of architecture and topography in his work, often exploring the confluence of communal and private spaces. The floor plans of public institutions, such as those found in the “Tablada Suite” series, geographical maps, and genealogical charts begin to serve as important references during this period.” [2] In 1992, Kuitca created his first works which incorporated the image of a painted bed, “often small and forlorn on the canvas.” [3] Afterwards, the artist used the motif of an apartment floor plan, middle-class and compact, with only one bathroom. This floor plan would eventually lead to maps, theater plans and baggage carousels.

1990s and Early 2000s
Kuitca continued to explore organizational systems, in his “Neufert Suite” (1998) and “Encyclopédie” (2002) series. In his “Global Order” (2002) works, Kuitca combines a world map with architectural plans for interior spaces, “identifying borders and notions of ‘place’ as the changing products of human invention.” [4]

Kuitca is well known “for his use of maps – particularly his transcriptions of topography onto mattresses” Kuitca says he uses the image of a map “to get lost… not to get oriented.” [3] Stemming from his experimentation with aerial views of floor plans, Kuitca moved to maps because “he liked the way they occupy a space somewhere between the abstract and the representational.” [5]
Kuitca’s retrospective “Guillermo Kuitca: Everything, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980–2008” opened at the Miami Art Museum in 2009, and traveled to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo (19 February– 30 May 2010), New York, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (26 June – 19 September 2010) and will concluded at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. (21 October 2010 – 9 January 2011).

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Hauser & Wirth, London, England
The Drawing Centre, New York, NY
Hauser & Wirth Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
“Guillermo Kuitca. Everything. Paintings and Works on Paper 1989-2008,” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY (Travelling Exhibition)
“Guillermo Kuitca. Everything. Paintings and Works on Paper 1989-2008,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN (Travelling Exhibition)
”Guillermo Kuitca. Everything. Paintings and Works on Paper 1989-2008,” Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (Travelling Exhibition)
“Guillermo Kuitca. Everything. Paintings and Works on Paper 1989-2008,” Miami Art Museum, Miami FL
Hauser & Wirth London, London, England
Singapore Sculpture Square, Singapore
“Guillermo Kuitca: Stage Fright,” Gallery Met, The Metropolitan Opera, New York NY
“Guillermo Kuitca: Si yo Fuera el Invierno Mismo (If I were Winter Itself,)” La Biennale di Venezia, Argentine Pavilion
“Obras Puntuales,” Museum of Fine Arts Santiago, Santiago, Chile (Travelling Exhibition)
“Obras Puntuales,” El Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá, Columbia (Travelling Exhibition)
“Theatre Collages,” Hauser & Wirth, London
“Guillermo Kuitca: Obras 1982/2002,” Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (Travelling Exhibition)
“Guillermo Kuitca: Obras 1982/2002,” Museo Latinamericano de Buenos Aires Coleccion Constantini, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Travelling Exhibition)
Hauser & Wirth Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
“Guillermo Kuitca – Ouvres Récentes,” Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
“Guillermo Kuitca. Burning Beds: A Survey 1982-1994,” Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England
“Guillermo Kuitca – Les Lieux de l’Errance,” Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
“Guillermo Kuitca,” Museo Rufina Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (Travelling Exhibition)
“Guillermo Kuitca,” Center for the Fine Arts, Miami FL (Travelling Exhibition)
“Guillermo Kuitca,” Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (Travelling Exhibition)
Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Selected Group Exhibitions
“Radical Shift. Political and Social Upheaval in Argentinian Art since the 1960s,” Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
“à l’eau Aquarelle heute,” CentrePasquArt Kunsthaus Centre d’art, Biel, Switzerland
“Dessins contemporains/Collection Florence et Daniel GUERLAIN,” Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie, Bescancon, France
“Res Publica 1910 and 2010. A Face Off,” Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisbon, Portugal
“El tiempo del Arte,” Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
“Escuelismo. Art Argentino de los 90,” Museo de Art Latinamericano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
“Lincoln Center 50 Years,” Lincoln Center, New York NY
“Art is for the Spirit: Works from the UBS Art Collection,” Mori Art Museum, Toyko, Japan
“The Hours,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
“Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense,” La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
“New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930 – 2006: Selections from a Decade of Acquisitions,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
“Anos 80. Uma Topologia,” Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal
“Altered, Stitched and Gathered,” PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City NY
“Farsites: Urban Crisis and Domestic Symptoms in Recent Contemporary Art,” San Diego Museum of Art and Centro Cultural Tijuana, San Diego CA and Tijuana, Mexico
“Inverting the Map,” Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England
“J’en rêve,” Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
“The Hours: Visual Arts of Contemporary Latin America, Selected Works from the Daros-Latinamerica Collection,” Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland