In his paintings, Barceló returns to two subjects that have continued to inspire the Mallorcan artist throughout his career––his love of the sea and the spirit of the bullfight. His intensely-colored seascapes and corrida paintings apply meticulous layers of mixed media to realize heavily impastoed canvases, while his ceramics evoke organic forms.
One of the most celebrated artists in Europe, Barceló’s work has been regularly commissioned for notable public spaces including Gran Elefandret, installed in New York’s Union Square in 2011, a ceramic panorama for the chapel of St. Pere in the Cathedral of Palma, and Room XX in The United Nations Headquarters in Geneva in 2008, in which the artist covered the immense domed ceiling with stalactites made from 35 tons of paint. Last summer, he was the subject of joint exhibitions in Paris, held at the Musée Picasso and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with an essay by art historian Catherine Lampert.
Miquel Barceló was born in Felanitx, Majorca in 1957 and currently lives and works in Mallorca, Spain, and Paris, France. The youngest artist to ever show at the Musée du Louvre, Barceló represented Spain at the 53rd Venice Biennale and participated in Documenta VII in Kassel, Germany. He has had retrospectives at renowned institutions, including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico; the Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; and is included in many esteemed public and private collections worldwide.