In autumn 2023, Museum Jorn will present the first comprehensive solo exhibition in Scandinavia with one of Southern Europe's most acclaimed living artists, Miquel Barceló (b. 1957).
The Spanish artist Miquel Barceló has enjoyed international recognition for his expressive and inimitable works that unfold across materials and forms of expression since representing Spain at the Documenta exhibition in Kassel in 1982. With this exhibition Museum Jorn presents Barceló’s unique ceramic production.
Barceló’s ceramic universe is based on the cultural functions of clay and the Catalan pictorial crafts traditions, but also on modern bricks, which to Barceló represent the rapidly constructed hotel developments in Mallorca. Clay is specific and universal, natural and cultural, and these are the characteristics that Barceló seeks to capture in his ceramic works. Barceló draws inspiration from volcanoes, the sea, cave paintings and ethnographic building techniques such as Malian Dogon architecture, where clay acts as a supporting structure as well as ornamentation.
By showcasing Barceló’s artistic elements from initial idea to finished work and the breadth of his extensive ceramic production, we get a close look at the creative process itself. In addition to more than 100 ceramic works and 16 sketchbooks, the exhibition includes Barceló’s waste pit, filled with his flawed, discarded and destroyed ceramic efforts, has been recreated and is included in the exhibition. The pit itself is an overwhelming and thought-provoking installation illustrating the aesthetic requirements the artist wanted to satisfy in his works, but also giving an impression of an extensive and experimental process.