June to 6th October the International museum of Ceramics in Faenza
devotes an outstanding solo exhibition to the Spanish artist Miquel Barceló one
of the greatest protagonist of the contemporary international context. The
exhibition in Faenza, curated by Irene Biolchini and Cécile Pocheau Lesteven, is
the first anthological event devoted to his ceramic production, from his debut
to nowadays. It concerns a special project created by the artist just for the
MIC Faenza, in a dialogue with the works belonging to the history of ceramics,
housed in the greatest museum of the world devoted to this language.
Barceló, multifaceted artist, able to match different artistic languages, is mainly known to the public for his pictorial-gestural research and his closeness to the group of the Italian Transavanguardia and to the German Neo-expressionism. At the beginning of the 1990s, during his long permanence in Mali, he started his approach to ceramics, making the first earthenware works through the ancient technique “dogon”. From 1996, his ceramic production started again in his birth isle, Mallorca, where, still today he goes on creating his works.
A profound bond has always united his research to Italy, from his first travels at the end of the 1970s to his stay in Campania at the invitation of Lucio Amelio, on the occasion of the great exhibition Terraemotus. In Italy, and in particular in Vietri, the artist came back at the beginning of 2000, to create the monumental covering for the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, in collaboration with Vincenzo Santoriello. This chapel, totally covered with ceramics, is one of the greatest ceramic art construction in the world.
The artist, who has exhibited his works in the most prestigious museums of the world, first presented his ceramics in Italy in 2009, in the Spanish Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, giving life to a dialogue between painting and ceramic sculpture.