Alfredo Jaar was born in 1956, he lives and works in New York. Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker.
His work has been shown extensively around the world. 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).
Important individual exhibitions include The Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2019); Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (1995); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1995); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1994); Whitechapel, London (1992) and The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1992). Major surveys of his work have taken place at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2017); KIASMA, Helsinki (2014); Rencontres d’Arles (2013); Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2012); Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2012); Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst e.V., Berlin (2012); Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2008) and Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne (2007).
The artist has realized more than 70 public interventions around the world. Over 60 monographic publications have been published about his work.
His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MOCA, Los Angeles; LACMA, Los Angeles; TATE, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centro Reina Sofia, Madrid; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; MAXXI, Rome; MACRO, Rome; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlaebeck; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Japan and M+, Hong Kong.
Jaar became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000, in 2018 he received the Hiroshima Art Prize and in 2020 he received the Hasselblad Foundation Award in Photography.
Photo: Jee Eun Esther Jang.