Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker whose work explores political social issues. He was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1956 and currently lives and works in New York.
His work has been exhibited extensively around the world. He has participated in the biennales in Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013) and São Paulo (1987, 1989, 2000) and in Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). Major solo exhibitions include those at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Whitechapel, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Roma, the Hangar Bicocca in Milano and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. A large retrospective of his work took place in the summer of 2012 in three institutional spaces in Berlin: the Berlinische Galerie, the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst e.V and the Alte Nationalgalerie. In 2014 the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki organized the most complete retrospective of his career. Jaar has created more than seventy public works around the world. Over fifty monographs on his work have been published.
He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. His work can be found in the collections of MAXXI and MACRO in Rome, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the MCA in Chicago, MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles, Tate in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, M+ in Hong Kong and many other public and private collections around the world. In 2018 he received the prestigious 11th Hiroshima Art Prize.