Since I first open my blog, I wanted to write about this remarkable woman, but it took me time to finally put in place a full article. Her trajectory is so vast and she has so much art to share that it’s almost impossible to put it in just one post.
Marta Minujín, was born in the Bohemian neighbourhood of San Telmo in 1943. She is one of the most popular and recognised contemporary Argentinean Artists. Marta is different. Describing her style is hard, as she evolves constantly. But there is one thing for sure, she is an avant-garde ‘outside the box’ artist. She is best known for producing conceptual and participatory events, or “Happenings”, but she has touched all artistic branches along her career and is well known for her belief that “everything is art.”
She had the opportunity to live and exhibit in different Cities around the world. In the early sixties she went to Paris and is during this period that she developed a ‘Destruction’ Facet. Her time in the French Capital City inspired her to create “livable sculptures,” notably La Destrucción, in which she assembled mattresses, only to invite other artists to destroy the display. This creation was the first of her “Happenings”.
A golden era began for Marta back in Buenos Aires, several exhibitions & Installations, mainly influenced by pop art. These works earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship and she relocated to New York in 1966, just in time to escape the Argentinean art censorship times.
Marta began a psychedelic art époque in New York and developed a close friendship with the one and only Andy Warhol. 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.
Following the return of democracy to Argentina in the eighties, Marta created a monument to freedom of expression, The Parthenon of Books (1983), in which a structure built of newly 30,000 unbanned books was erected in the middle of a Buenos Aires thoroughfare.
I always admired her work, but a couple of years ago I had the opportunity to see her exhibition: Retrospectiva sobre Marta Minujín “Revuélquese y viva (1964-1985)” at the MALBA and I fall in love with this Eccentric and hyperactive woman, with her different perception of art, her personality, her uniqueness. I think everybody should know of Marta Minujín, the woman who believes that “Great works are created by mad geniuses” (“Las grandes obras las crean los genios locos”).
Marta continues to display her art pieces and happenings in the MALBA, the National Fine Arts Museum, ArteBA contemporary art festival and a vast number of other international galleries and art shows, while continuing to convert everything into Art.
“Payment of the Argentine Foreign Debt to Andy Warhol with Corn” (Marta Minujín)
Marta Minujín in La menesunda (Mayhem) 1965
The Parthenon of Books (2017)
Steel, books, and plastic sheeting
19.5 × 29.5 × 65.5 m Commissioned by documenta 14, with support from the Ministry of Media and Culture of Argentina
Marta Minujín in La menesunda (Mayhem) 2011
Ideas al Plato Exhibition, Marta Minujin 2011
Retrospectiva sobre Marta Minujín en 2011 en el Malba: “Revuélquese y viva (1964-1985)”.
Pasion + Pasion = Pasion, Marta Minujin 2015
“All the Lovely People”, Marta Minujin 2010
“Escultura Blanda”, Marta Minujin 2017
If you want to know more of this great artist visit her webpage www.marta-minujin.com