Viewing Muñoz Masterpieces in the de Young Garden in San Francisco
While the architecturally edgy de Young facility houses American and world collections and cutting-edge exhibitions of fashion and modern art, the museum's garden composes its own sprawling world—an unforced mix of industrial and urban among a natural setting within Golden Gate Park. Wander around the grass of the Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden, and you will see a 21-foot safety pin, enlarged red apples situated in a Magritte-like juxtaposition against the lawn, and the highlight of this landscape: a trio of Juan Muñoz sculptures. These figures—almost-human with rounded, sandbag-like bottoms—play off each other as well as their surroundings, and are full of motion yet stagnant at once. This Conversation Piece—part of a signature series of the Spanish artist—is similar to works featured in settings worldwide, such as the Smithsonian and the Tate Modern.