Javier Muñiz is co-founder of Museum With No Frontiers and a member of the MWNF board. He is based in Madrid where he now enjoys retirement after a long career in communication and public relations and in the design and production of cultural events.
He worked as a civil servant under different Spanish administrations from 1969 to 1989, including, from 1982 to 1989, holding a position at the National Orchestra and Choir of Spain (ONE) where among his many functions he was responsible for tours to South America (Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela), the USA and Japan and for concerts at the United Nations. He also served as a member of the Monitoring Committee of the National Music Auditorium, was the coordinator of the first tour of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and was involved in the creation of the Classical Orchestra of Madrid and the Youth Ballet of Maria de Avila.
He worked for the 1976 Montreal Olympics and was in the organising team for the Football World Cup 1982.
In 1989 Javier began a freelance career. His numerous activities included the production of big shows in Madrid, Barcelona and Seville, with stars such as Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Alfredo Kraus, José Carreras, Teresa Berganza, Katia Ricciarelli and Montserrat Caballe, and the production of musical works for children, such as Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde.
In 1992 he was the adviser for the opening event of the Exhibition “Hispania Austria” in Innsbruck and, in the following years he closely cooperated with Eva Schubert in the activities that in 1995 led to the foundation of MWNF and in 1998 to the inauguration of an office in Madrid to coordinate the implementation of the Islamic Art in the Mediterranean Exhibition Trails.
From 2001 to 2004 he was the consultant and manager for the Exhibition Centre, Auditorium and Summer Festival Benalmádena, Málaga, where he developed and directed projects in different fields including the elaboration of the master programme for the local Theatre and Exhibition Centre.
In 2004 Javier opened La Turba, a cocktail-bar and restaurant in the heart of Madrid, which quickly became a popular meeting place for artists, cultural managers and politicians until 2013 when he retired from active professional life to focus on his many interests.