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Wednesday, 29 August, 2001, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Spanish sculptor Muņoz dies
Tessa Jowell with Juan Muņoz
Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell admired Muņoz's work
The acclaimed Spanish sculptor Juan Muņoz, whose work is on display at London's Tate Modern, has died aged 48.

Muņoz was on holiday in Ibiza, where he suffered a stomach haemorrhage on Tuesday.

He burst onto the arts world at the beginning of the 1980s and then enjoyed a meteoric rise to international renown.

Munoz's Double Bind
Double Bind offered surprising double views
The artist, who was married to the sculptress Cristina Iglesisa, was also highly regarded in his own country.

His work features larger than life-size human figures in large architectural installations like balconies and staircases.

An installation called Double Bind is currently at Tate Modern in London.

For this work Muņoz remodelled the turbine hall of the South Bank gallery with a newly installed suspended floor.

Visitors looking up into the space view an installation of sculptured grey figures at work while a different image is experienced from above.

Muņoz visited many cities to see view people's working environments as he created Double Bind over a 12-month period.

At the time the sculptor said: "I'm probably only the second artist in the world to work in such a big space.

"I'm very happy with it, I think it works. I'm sure the spectator will be surprised."

Though his work is considered very contemporary, he saw himself as a traditional sculptor, using traditional materials such as stone and bronze.

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