Miquel Barceló

  • , Disloqué et Ouvert, 2018
    97 x 48 x 43 cm
    38 1/4 x 18 7/8 x 16 7/8 inches
  • , Disloqué et Ouvert, 2018
    97 x 48 x 43 cm
    38 1/4 x 18 7/8 x 16 7/8 inches
  • , Gramatica General, 2018
    Mixed media on canvas
    114 x 198,5 x 3,5 cm
    44 7/8 x 78 1/8 x 1 3/8 inches
  • , Aufabia d’ossos de Peix, 2017
    25 5/8 x 15 5/8 x 13 1/4 inches
    65,1 x 39,7 x 33,7 cm
  • , Gelat de Llimona, 2017
    25 1/8 x 16 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches
    63,8 x 41,9 x 40 cm

Miquel Barceló (born Felanitx, 1957) is a painter, sculptor and ceramist. In 1974, he was admitted to Palma de Mallorca’s Fine Arts School, before joining Barcelona’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Saint George. In 1976, he was involved in the happenings and protests of Taller Llunatic, an avant-garde conceptual group. In the early 80's, the first figurative images, started to emerge in his painting in the form of columns of smoke, books and zoomorphic figures. When invited to take part in Documenta 7, Kassel by Rudi Fuchs in 1982, he started to emerge on the international scene: his discovery of Africa in 1988 marked the start of new technical experiments based on local pigments and sediments. From then on, Barceló shared his time between Paris, Mallorca and Mali. After 1993, sculpture - in plaster, bronze or ceramics – took on an increasingly important place in his work, with terracotta becoming a preferred material for his artistic experimentation. In February 2007, Barceló’s work in the Sant Pere chapel at Palma de Mallorca cathedral was inaugurated, closely followed by his work for the Human Rights Room in the Palace of Nations (2008) in Geneva. In 2009, the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale was entirely dedicated to his work. On the border between tradition and modernity, his expressionist, baroque and syncretic work merges inspirations from literature, the expression of time immemorial and artistic legacy, from Miró to Pollock.



Museum Exhibitions


  • Miquel Barceló | Despintura fónica | Performance at Museo de Malaga, Spain

    June 18 and June 19, 2021 at 8 pm


    Miquel Barceló accompanied by the musician Pascal Comelade.

    Based on the exhibition Miquel Barceló. Metamorphosis, the Museo Picasso Málaga, in close collaboration with the Museo de Málaga, has organized "Despintura fònica" (Phonic Unpainting), a performance in which artist Miquel Barceló creates an ephemeral artwork that slowly becomes volatile before the audience’s very eyes.

    Miquel Barceló’s performance art is known for an aesthetic that is half-way between Altamira cave paintings and graffiti, in which the artist evokes the Buddhist notion of impermanence with an audiovisual and painted display in which drawings disappear as if by magic. After the first performance at Musée Picasso Paris, as well as other iconic venues in Bangkok, Kyoto, Salamanca and Zurich, Miquel Barceló is now presenting two performances in Málaga.

    In the first half, Miquel Barceló will create drawings in water using brushes, balls and water pistols. In the second half, the audience will watch alongside the artist, the gradual disappearance of the work he has just created, to a background of vibrant music by Pascal Comelade. This French- Catalan musician, who is widely known in both France and Japan, creates avant-garde music in which his roots are very much present. The running time is approximately 30 minutes. Both sessions have a limited number of seats and will be held in compliance with all current health regulations.

    Museo de Málaga
    Plaza de la Aduana
    29015 Málaga, Spain

    Tickets to attend this event in the Courtyard of the Museum are free and are available here.

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