Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York. He is known as one of the most uncompromising, compelling, and innovative artists working today. His work considers social justice issues through thought provoking conceptual work.
His work has been shown extensively around the world. Important individual exhibitions include The Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2005), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1995), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1994), The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1992) and Whitechapel, London (1992).
Major recent surveys of his work have taken place at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2017), KIASMA, Helsinki (2014), Rencontres d’Arles (2013), Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlinische Galerie and Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst e.V., Berlin (2012), Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2008) and Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne (2007).
He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (2013, 2009, 2007, 1986), Sao Paulo (2010, 1989, 1987) as well as Documenta in Kassel (2002, 1987).
He became a MacArthur Fellow in 2000 and a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985. He received the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2018 and the Hasselblad Award in Photography in 2020. He has realised more than seventy public interventions around the world and over sixty monographic publications have been published about his work.
His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum, New York; Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MOCA and LACMA, Los Angeles; MASP, Museu de Arte de São Paulo; TATE, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centro Reina Sofia, Madrid; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; MAXXI and MACRO, Rome; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlaebeck; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Japan; M+, Hong Kong; and dozens of institutions and private collections worldwide.
His exhibition, Alfredo Jaar: The Rwanda Project is on view at Zeitz MOCAA from 19 November 2020 to 23 May 2021.