Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect and filmmaker born in Santiago de Chile in 1956. He lives and works in New York. His work has been widely disseminated throughout the world. He has participated in the biennials of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), São Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010, 2020) as well as the Documenta in Cassel (1987, 2002).
His work has been the subject of important monographic exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1992); Whitechapel, London (1992); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1994); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1995) or at the Macro, Museo d'arte contemporanea, Rome (2005). Recently, his work has been the subject of numerous retrospectives at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (2007); Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2008); Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlinische Galerie as well as the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst e.V., Berlin (2012); Rencontres d'Arles, Arles (2013); KIASMA, Helsinki (2014); Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseille (2015) or at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2017).
Alfredo Jaar has made more than seventy public interventions around the world. More than sixty monographic publications have been issued on his work. The artist became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. He is the recipient of the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2018 and the Hasselblad Award in 2020.
His work is housed in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the 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, São Paulo; TATE, London; Musée national d'art moderne, 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, Denmark; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and Tokushima Museum of Modern Art, Japan; M+, Hong Kong; and dozens of institutions and private collections worldwide.