Miquel Barceló Retrospective at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

13 January - 25 March 2022

Miquel Barceló (1957), the highly-active preeminent contemporary artist, presents a major overview of his work for the first time in Japan. Barcelóʼs career is based in Europe, beginning in Majorca where he was born. Since his stunning debut at Documenta 7 in 1982, he has set up studios in many different places around the world, including Paris and Africa, reflecting the climate, customs and history of each location in his work. Themes of sea and land, animals and plants, history, religion, bullfighting and portraiture account for a substantial part of his output, and each work is rooted in his affection, respect and awe for nature and human activity. While his practice demonstrates an interest in the various trends in contemporary art, his incisive artistic sensitivity keeps the international art context within his perspective. This exhibition covers his career from the earliest period to the present day, introducing about a hundred of his works, with sculpture, ceramics, and video work included along with his paintings, sketches, watercolours and other two-dimensional works.

January 13, 2022