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Miquel Barceló

Spanish, b. 1957

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Miquel Barceló

Spanish, b. 1957

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Miquel Barcelo is best known for his installation of multicolored stalactite forms on the domed ceiling of the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Chamber at the UN Palace of Nations in Geneva. Painted with pigments sourced from around the world and sprayed with blue-gray paint for an undulating, ever-changing appearance, the structures symbolize the sea and a cave in opposing union. The oscillating color and form of the ocean is a recurring motif in Barcelo’s work. While he has produced paintings, drawings, ceramics, and cast iron structures, he is most frequently classified as an International Neo-Expressionist, as he favors recognizable subjects rendered in an expressive, gestural manner. An interest in decomposition, metamorphosis, and the passage of time drives Barcelo’s art, which includes boxes filled with decaying food and pale, fleshy canvases inspired by the rugged terrain of the Sahara Desert.

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£4m, Christie's, 2011
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Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

Miquel Barcelo is best known for his installation of multicolored stalactite forms on the domed ceiling of the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Chamber at the UN Palace of Nations in Geneva. Painted with pigments sourced from around the world and sprayed with blue-gray paint for an undulating, ever-changing appearance, the structures symbolize the sea and a cave in opposing union. The oscillating color and form of the ocean is a recurring motif in Barcelo’s work. While he has produced paintings, drawings, ceramics, and cast iron structures, he is most frequently classified as an International Neo-Expressionist, as he favors recognizable subjects rendered in an expressive, gestural manner. An interest in decomposition, metamorphosis, and the passage of time drives Barcelo’s art, which includes boxes filled with decaying food and pale, fleshy canvases inspired by the rugged terrain of the Sahara Desert.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£4m, Christie's, 2011
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
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