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Biography of Miquel Barceló

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b. 1957, Felanitx, Spain

1957
Born on January 8.
1974
Enrolls at the Escuela de Bellas Artes y Oficios in Palma de Mallorca.
Has his first solo show, at Galería d'Art Picarol in Cala d'Or, Mallorca.
1976
Joins the group Taller Llunàtic.
The Museo de Mallorca in Palma de Mallorca presents Cadaverina 15, an exhibition of Barceló's work.
1977
Exhibits at Galería Mec Mec in Barcelona.
1981
Barceló's work is shown in the Spanish Pavilion at the XVI Bienal de São Paulo.
1982
Has his first solo exhibition outside Spain, at Galería Axe Art Actuel in Toulouse, France.
Participates in Documenta 7 in Kassel, Germany.
1984
Establishes an ongoing relationship with Galerie Bruno Bischofberger in Zurich.
Barceló's work is included in An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Aperto section of the XLI Biennale di Venezia, and Terrae motus at the Villa Campolieto in Naples.
1985
Has his first show in a major institution, at CAPC, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux. The exhibition travels to the Palacio de Velázquez, Museo Nacional Centro de
Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
Participates in the Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.
1986
Receives the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas from the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Takes part in Prospekt '86 in Frankfurt.
1988
Travels to Africa for the first time, settling in Mali.
Exhibits at the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal.
1989
Barceló's work is included in the Primera Triennal de dibuix at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona and in Spanish Art Today at the Museum of Modern Art in Karuizawa, Japan.
1991
Exhibits at the Musée d'Art Contemporain in Nîmes, France, and at the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland.
1993
The Kunsthal Rotterdam presents an exhibition of Barceló's work.
His work is also shown in the exhibition Copier, créer: De Turner à Picasso at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Exhibits at the Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna in Trento, Italy.
1994
The Whitechapel Art Gallery in London presents the exhibition Miquel Barceló: 1984–1994, which travels to the Centre del Carme, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern in Valencia, Spain.
1995
Participates in the XLVI Biennale di Venezia.
1996
The Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou and Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris mount exhibitions of Barceló's work.
1997
Exhibits at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Ostend, Belgium, and at the Centro Cultural Recoleta de Buenos Aires.
Barceló's work is featured in the inaugural exhibition of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, The Guggenheim Museums and the Art of This Century.
1998
Miquel Barceló, 1987–1997 opens at the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona.
1999
An exhibition of Barceló's works on paper is presented at the Museo Nacional Centro
de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and later travels to Granada, São Paulo, Montevideo, and Tel Aviv.
The Museu d'Art Espanyol Contemporani, Fundación Juan March in Palma de Mallorca and the Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias in Oviedo, Spain, present exhibitions of his work.
His work is featured in the exhibition Spanish and Basque Contemporary Art in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
2000
Exhibits at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
2001
Exhibits at Timothy Taylor Gallery in London.
2002
The Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence, France, presents the solo exhibition Mapamundi.
Barceló's work is shown at the abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos in Burgos, Spain, and in the show L'atelier di Miquel Barceló at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome.
Prepares illustrations for a Círculo de Lectores edition of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.
2003
Receives the Premio Príncipe de Asturias for the arts from the Fundación Príncipe de Asturias.
Carnets d'Afrique, a series of Barceló's notebooks made in Africa between 1988 and 2000, is published by Le Promeneur-Gallimard.
A retrospective exhibition of Barceló's work opens at the Pinacoteca do Estado in São Paulo, Brazil. The show later travels to the Kestnergesellschaft Hannover; in 2005 it travels to Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico; and Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City.
2004
Drawings and watercolors by Barceló based on Dante's Divine Comedy are shown at
the Musée du Louvre in Paris alongside Eugène Delacroix's Dante and Virgil in Hell. The presentation also includes drawings and engravings on the same theme from the museum's
collection, selected by Barceló.
2005
An exhibition of Barceló's paintings, watercolors, and sculptures is held at the Sala Kubo del Palacio Kursaal in San Sebastián, Spain.
2006
The Museo d'Arte Moderna in Lugano, Switzerland, mounts an exhibition of Barceló's work.
Participates in the exhibition Homage to Chillida at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
The performance Paso doble is presented at the Avignon Theatre Festival.
2007
Awarded the Sorolla medal by the Hispanic Society of America in New York.
Barceló's work is exhibited at Galerie Yvon Lambert in Paris, LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, New York, and the Fundación Francisco Godia in Barcelona.
Completes, after seven years of work, a ceramic altarpiece in the Capilla del Santísimo of the Catedral de Mallorca in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
2008
Paints the dome of the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The exhibition Miquel Barceló: The African Work opens at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and later travels to the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga in Málaga, Spain.
2009
The exhibition El mar de Barceló: En la Sala de los Derechos Humanos y de la Alianza de Civilizaciones de la ONU en Ginebra, which explores how Barceló's dome for the United Nations was created, is held at CaixaForum in Madrid and Barcelona, organized by Obra Social Fundació “la Caixa.” Represents Spain at the 53rd Biennale di Venezia.
2010
His work is featured in the exhibition The 80s Revisited. Sammlung Bischofberger II at the Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Bielefeld, Germany. Donates artwork to support the fund-raising efforts of Acció Cultural del País Valencià (ACPV) and Octubre Centre de Cultura Contemporània (OCCC) as part of the campaign “Art en Acció”. The Obra Social Fundació «la Caixa» organizes an important exhibition covering the last 25 years of Barceló's work. The exhibit opens in Madrid and later travels to Barcelona. Through Red Itiner, its network of traveling exhibitions, the Regional Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Madrid organizes, Gesto de la naturaleza, an exhibition of the his graphic work. Curated by Arte Contemporáneo GACMA, the exhibit travels to 12 towns in the Madrid region through 2010.
The exhibition Terra Mare. Miquel Barceló opens in France. The show is organized by the town hall of Avignon and the Lambert Collection en Avignon in three of the city's historical sites: the chapel of the Palais des Papes, the Lambert Collection en Avignon Museum, and the Musée du Petit Palais. The documentary La cúpula de Barceló is premiered on television and El Mar de Barceló is screened at CaixaForum in Barcelona. Both documentaries reflect the creative process of the dome of the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the United Nations headquarters in Geneva.
2011
The Ben Brown Fine Arts gallery in Hong Kong inaugurates an exhibition of the Barceló's work. His work is featured in the group exhibition Olor Color. Química, Arte y Pedagogía at Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona.
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