Born in 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lives and works, Guillermo Kuitca is one of Latin America’s leading contemporary artists. Inspired by the worlds of architecture, theater and cartography, his work transcends geographical boundaries and has been exhibited extensively worldwide.
Kuitca began to receive significant international attention in 1989 when he represented Argentina in the XVIII São Paulo Biennial. Other important early presentations include a 1991 “Projects” show at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, which traveled to the Newport Harbor Art Museum in California, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, and his breakthrough installation of painted maps-on-mattresses at Documenta IX (1992). Kuitca has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at venues including the Instituto de Arte Moderno (IVAM), Valencia, Spain (1993), Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1994-95), the Fondation Cartier, Paris (2000) and Daros Latinamerica Foundation, Zurich (2006). In 2003 the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid presented a retrospective covering the period 1983-2003, which traveled to the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires (MALBA). This was followed by a comprehensive retrospective, “Guillermo Kuitca: Everything, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008,” which premiered at the Miami Art Museum and traveled to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. (2009-11). In 2007, Kuitca represented Argentina at the Venice Biennale.
The Drawing Center organized “Guillermo Kuitca: Diarios,” which traveled to the Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (2012-13). “Guillermo Kuitca: Philosophy for Princesses,” a major retrospective, was held at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (2014). Consisting of nearly 50 works from 1980 to 2013, this exhibition included his largest installation to date, Le Sacre (1992), a celebrated work featuring 54 beds, acquired by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 2014, Kuitca presented “Les Habitants,” at the Fondation Cartier and subsequently curated “Les Visitants,” a large-scale exhibition of Fondation Cartier’s collection at the CCK, Buenos Aires (2017). The same year, Pasquart Kunsthaus, Biel, staged the most comprehensive exhibition of Kuitca’s work to date in Switzerland. In 2021, Kuitca staged “Les Citoyens,” a personal selection of 120 works from the Fondation Cartier’s collection in partnership with the Triennale Milano. His work is currently featured in “Mondo Reale,” curated by Hervé Chandès, for the Triennale Milano’s 23rd International Exhibition, on view until 11 December 2022.
Kuitca’s work is in museum collections worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Dallas Museum of Art; Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zurich; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Fundació La Caixa, Barcelona; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; MALBA – Colección Costantini, Buenos Aires; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum Voorlinden, Netherlands; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate, London; and Walker Art Center. Kuitca had his first solo exhibition at Sperone Westwater in 1993, where he continues to exhibit regularly (1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2014 and 2022).