Miquel Barcelo /   Miquel Barceló Artigues

Spain 1957

Sculpture, Painting, Drawing


Miquel Barcelo
Miquel Barceló Artigues
March 24, 2016
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There are many powerful influences that may determine the course of an artist’s creation. Whether it’s an event from the past fueling the imagination or a certain force that has influenced the character, many artists, intentionally or unintentionally, portray that which is on their mind in their works. For the Spanish artist Miquel Barceló, the ocean that reminds him of his homeland is a reoccurring theme, one displayed with a lot of emotion that can be seen in the array of colors and angles. With his practice involving a variety of styles and mediums, it is driven by the effects of time and metamorphosis that occurs as its consequence.

“The idea of layers of time, coatings…that’s what art is,” says Miquel Barceló

Away From the Sea

Miquel Barceló’s yearning for the sea comes as no surprise: born in 1957 in Felanitx, Majorca, the sight of the salty water stretching as far as the horizon goes has been present throughout his youth. Having studied at different art schools between Majorca and Barcelona, his residency changed several times during the 1970s; he went back to Majorca during 1974 in order to participate in the protests of the group Taller Lunatic. Catching the big moment in 1982, he’s represented Spanish painting in the Dokumenta de Kasel, organized by Rudi Fuchs who chose Barceló to assume such a role. His career as an artist started to strive, and he started seeing more of the land, and less of the sea.

As Barceló’s career strived, he started seeing more of the land, and less of the sea

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Miquel Barcelo – Brega de cans (Dog Fight) (detail), 1981

Prosperous Years

The following years of the 1980s were marked with many voyages mainly throughout Europe, America, and Africa, influencing him and his art in several ways. During this time, his style was much like the travel itself – varied and explorative; his works included paintings, drawings, and sculptures, among others. Making a stop in Paris, Barceló visited the Louvre and was fascinated by baroque paintings of Rembrandt and Diego Velazquez, as well as impressionism and surrealism.

The reoccurring motif of the sea was present in his works even then, although it was portrayed via different techniques and materials. Barceló’s practice constantly evolved and he still explores the subjects of time and metamorphosis in his work by having it demonstrate the effect. Even the narrative of the sea gave way to the desert of Sahara at one point, after his travel took him to Mali in Africa. Developing a style that involves working with the local material on paper, his art has been depicting an ever-changing form of familiar subjects ever since.

The ocean that reminds him of his homeland is a reoccurring theme in Barceló’s work

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Miquel Barcelo – Boîte de sardines, 1986

Spain’s Representative

Having been the second most-sold painter at the 1987’s Spanish Contemporary Art Fair, it is no surprise that Barceló is considered to be one of the most important representatives of Spanish contemporary art. His career kept thriving in the second millennium, and in 2004, he became the youngest living contemporary artist that got to exhibit in the Louvre, presenting his illustration of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Another notable achievement is Barceló’s work done in the UN’s Palace of Nations in Geneva. Much like his other pieces, the painted ceiling of the Human rights and Alliance of Civilizations Chamber seems to be constantly evolving, as the paint appears to be dripping. Using 100 tons of paint, the chamber was inaugurated by several notable personas including the King and Queen of Spain.

Barceló is considered one of the most important representatives of Spanish contemporary art

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Miquel Barcelo – Cala Marçal, no. 1 , 1984

Effects of Time

Miguel Barceló has shown the effects of time through his works, and he portrays the same on a larger scale with his ever-evolving practice that constantly evolves. Influenced by what he’s seen in his travels, a nuance of Paris and Mali is forever present in his works, along with the ocean reminiscent of the homeland. Titled as one of the most prominent Spanish contemporary artists, his many awards and brilliant works speak towards that claim.

Miguel Barceló lives and works between Paris, Majorca, and Mali.

Featured image: Miquel Barcelo. Photo credits pinterest.com. All other photos credit christies.com.
All images used for illustrative purposes only.

YearExhibition Title Gallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Miquel Barceló. Sol y sombraMusee Picasso Paris, ParisSolo
2016Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong KongGroup
2016TEFAF Maastricht 2016Ben Brown Fine ArtsGroup
2016ARCOmadrid 2016Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, MadridGroup
2015MIQUEL BARCELÓ - L'INASSÈCHEMENTGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, ParisGroup
2015Frieze Masters 2015Ben Brown Fine Arts, LondonGroup
2015ArtRio 2015Galeria Filomena Soares, Rio de JaneiroGroup
2015West Bund Art & Design 2015Ben Brown Fine ArtsGroup
2015Art Cologne 2015Ben Brown Fine ArtsGroup
2015TEFAF Maastricht 2015Ben Brown Fine ArtsGroup
2014Art Basel Hong Kong 2014Ben Brown Fine ArtsGroup
2014Art Stage Singapore 2014Ben Brown Fine ArtsGroup
2013Art Basel Hong Kong 2013Ben Brown Fine ArtsGroup
2013El Museo del Prado y los artistas contemporáneos, Fundación Francisco Godia, Barcelona - ESGroup
2013Miquel Barceló, Galería Elvira González, Madrid - ES Solo
2012Ceràmiques i dibuixos. Miquel Barceló y Barry Flanagan, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Eivissa, Ibiza -ES Solo
2012L´art solidari. Fons d´Art Creu Roja, Castillo de Cornellà, Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona - ESGroup
2011Volum! Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona - ESGroup
2011Miquel Barceló : Recent paintings, ceramics and sculpture Galería Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong -CN Solo
2010Terra Mare. Miquel Barceló Palais des Papes. Avignon - FR Solo
2010Je crois aux miracles. 10 ans à la Collection Lambert Hôtel de Caumont, Collection Lambert en Avignon - FRGroup
2009Miquel Barceló- Recent Works Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich - CH (solo)Group
200953rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Venice - ITGroup
2008Miquel Barceló: Obra africana CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga - ESSolo
2008Colección Aena de obra gráfica Centro de Arte Museo de Almeria (CAMA), Almeria - ESGroup
2007Miquel Barceló: Clay and Bronze, The LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, New York - USA Solo
2007Doce artistas contemporaneous en el Museo del Prado Collección Bancaja, Museo Luis de Morales, Badajoz - ESGroup
2006Miquel Barceló. New Etchings Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK Solo
2006Miquel Barceló, Festival d,Avignon Eglise des Célestins, Avignon - FR Solo
2005Miquel Barceló: New Etchings Timothy Taylor Gallery, London - UK Solo
2005Miquel Barceló, C & M Arts New York - USA Solo
2004Barceló. Arte español para el exterior Pinacoteca do Estado. Sao Paulo -BRSolo
2004Miquel Barceló Grabados del Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Museo del Grabado. Sala de Exposiciones Ignacio Zuloaga. Fuendetodos - ESGroup
2003Las Formas del Mundo Miquel Barceló Obra Reciente Kutxa, San Sebastian - ES Solo
2003Miquel Barceló – Retrospective Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo de Estado, Sao Paulo - BRGroup
2002Raccolta di polvere Galería Paolo Curti, Milan - ITSolo
2002L’atelier di Miquel Barceló Galleria Naxionale d’Arte Moderna de Roma, Rome - ITGroup
2001Miquel Barceló: L’ours blessé Galerie Jablonka, Cologne - DESolo
2001Cinquante Ans de Sculpture Espagnole Jardins de Palais Royal, Paris - FRGroup
2000Espana Nuevo Milerio, Musée du cinquantaire de Brussel Brussels - BE; Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid - ESGroup
2000Miquel Barceló, Ceramics Museo de Ceràmica, Barcelona - ES Solo
1999A l’Entorn de Neon de Suro 1975-1982 Collecció Rafael Tous, Fundació Pilar i Joan Miro, Palma de Mallorca - ESGroup
1999Miquel Barceló, Des Citrons coupes Museo de Bellas Artes, Oviedo - ESSolo
1998Jean Marie del Moral desvela a Miquel Barceló FDMB, Altá, Mallorca - ES Solo
1998Afinidades y Confrontaciones Torre de Don Borja Santillana del Mar, Obras Contemporáneas de la Colección Santander, Central Hispano – ESGroup
1997Miquel Barceló – Stillevens PMMK, Museum voor Moderna Kunst, Oostende - BE Solo
1997Papiers contemporains Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris - FRGroup
1996Colección de pintura de la Fundación Argentaria Palau Solleric, Palma de Majorca - ESGroup
1996Miquel Barceló. Malerier - Skulpterer Galleri Haaken. Oslo - NOSolo
1995Miquel Barceló – Sculptures and Paintings Leo Castelli Gallery, New York - USASolo
1995Mediterrtànea un mar d’influències Palau Solleric, Palma de Majorca - ESGroup
1994Bordeaux. Entre le ceil et l’eau, Städtische Galerie im Lebachhaus, Munich - DEGroup
1994Miquel Barceló, Pinturas y Esculturas 1993Galería Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid - ES Solo
1993Bibliofilia transformista UB Balmés 21, Barcelona - ESGroup
1993Miquel Barceló, New Works Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich – CH (solo)Group
1992Miquel Barceló First Gallery, Moscow - RUSolo
1992De Rerum Natura Leo Castelli Gallery. New York, USASolo
1991Miquel Barceló – Obra 1989 Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid - ES Solo
1991Miquel Barceló Washington Galleries, London - UK Solo
1990Pharmakom 90 Makuhari Contemporary Art Exhibition - JPGroup
1990Miquel Barceló, Barceló in Mali – Papers from Afric’ Galeria Dau al Set, Barcelona - ES Solo
1989Miquel Barceló Galería Lucio Amelio, Naples - IT Solo
1989Proyecto para una colección Galerías Bennassar, Pollensa, Mallorca - ESGroup
1988Españoles en Nueva York. Barceló, J.Castillo, Feito, Guerrero, Sicilia y E.Vicente Galería Theo, Madrid - ESGroup
1988Miquel Barceló Peintures récentes Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, CanadaSolo
1987Miquel Barceló Yvon Lambert, París - FR Solo
1987Miquel Barceló Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin - DEGroup
1986À propos de dessin Galerie Adrien Maeght, Paris - FRGroup
1986UntitledThomas Segal Gallery, Boston, USA Solo
1985Miquel Barceló. New paintingsGalería Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich - CH Solo
1985Open House Verein Züricher Galerien, Zurich - CHGroup
1984Art 15'84 Basel - CHGroup
1984Terrae Motus Villa Campolieto, (Fondazione Amelio) Ercolano - ITGroup
1984Miquel Barceló Galería Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich - CH Solo
1983PintagossosGalerie Med a Mothi, Montpellier - FR Solo
1983Europske & Ameriska Exposición itinerante en Yugoslavia, fromer YugoslaviaGroup
1982Quaderns de Viatge Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona - ESGroup
1982Barceló Galería Trece, Barcelona - ESSolo
198130 Llibres Pintats i un llibre de ferro Galería Metronom, Barcelona - ES Solo
1981Mostra d'Art Contemporani dels Països Catalans Institut del Teatre d'Osona, Vic - ESGroup
1978It's better in the fiction Galería St. Petri, Lund - SEGroup
1978Miquel Barceló Artigues Galería Sa Pleta freda, Son Servera, Mallorca - ESSolo
1977Miquel Barceló Artigues Galería 4 Gats, Palma de Mallorca - ES Solo
1977Neón de Suro a la Galería Mec Mec Galería Mec Mec, Barcelona - ESGroup
1976Art Nou a Mallorca" Mostra d'Art Jove a Mallorca Salón Mercantil de Inca, Mallorca - ESGroup
1976Barceló Artigues, Galería 4 Gats Palma de Mallorca - ESGroup
1976Cadaverina 15, Museu de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca - ESSolo
1975Bar Es Pou Bo Génova, Palma de Mallorca - ES Solo
1975Barceló Artigues - Enric Irueste Caja de Ahorros de las Baleares, Casa de Cultura de Manacor - ES Solo
1974Barceló Artigues, Galería D'Art Picarol Cala Dor, Mallorca - ES Solo
1973Art Jovenivol La Caja de Pensiones para la Vejez y de Ahorros, Felanitx - ESGroup