Miquel Barceló represents Spain at the 53rd Venice Biennale 2009. On display is a series of large format paintings surveying Miquel Barceló’s work from 2000 to the present. The exhibition also features a group of ceramics.
The most recent works come from the same time as when the Miquel Barceló was creating the dome at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. Miquel Barceló placed a number of canvases on the floor, which were randomly covered by the paint dripping from the ceiling. These canvases were used as backgrounds for the new paintings that address three major subjects: primates, African landscapes and sea foam.
The exhibition also features a screening of “Paso Doble”, the performance originally produced for the Avignon Festival in collaboration with the choreographer Josef Nadj and a series of works by the French artist and writer François Augiéras (1925 – 1971), whose oeuvre Miquel Barceló wishes to bring to a larger public.
Miquel Barceló was born in 1957 in Felanitx, Mallorca. He came into early contact with art through his mother who was an amateur painter. In 2003 he received Spain’s most prestigious award, the Prince of Asturias Arts Prize. In 2008 he created the dome at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva.
The Spanish Pavilion has been curated by Enrique Juncosa.
Miquel Barceló, Spanish Pavilion at the 53rd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale 2009. June 5, 2009.