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Almine Rech

Barceló. We Are All Greeks

Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera is proud to present the work of Miquel Barceló (Felanitx, Mallorca, 1957), one of the most notable figures on the contemporary art scene.

The exhibition at La Pedrera, curated by writer and independent curator Enrique Juncosa, chronologically charts Barceló’s artistic career over three decades, from his first works produced in Africa in 1994 to his more recent pieces. The show, which features over 100 pieces, is complemented with paintings and works on paper related to the ceramic exhibits, and also includes a bronze sculpture installed in the Passeig de Gràcia courtyard.

It is the largest retrospective on Miquel Barceló’s ceramics to date and has been received with enthusiasm and cooperation from the artist.

Barceló’s work is extremely visceral but also deeply thoughtful, incorporating and recreating matter, organic life and time both thematically and physically. The artist himself recognises that he makes no distinction between painting and ceramics, and we can therefore consider his ceramic pieces a sort of extension of his painting. In the artist’s own words: “It is the best material for showing defects and imperfections.” Barceló has created over four thousand ceramic pieces, which reproduce many of his characteristic themes and motifs, such as botanical and zoological images and shapes, both from the countryside and the sea, or references to great ceramicists such as Picasso and Miró.

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