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Miquel Barceló in París

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The Spanish artist Miquel Barceló is the subject of a double exhibition currently ongoing in the French capital. ‘Sol y sombra’ (Sun and Shade) looks at the bullfighting theme, which has been a constant in his oeuvre, and has two simultaneous venues. On the one hand, the Musée national Picasso-Paris presents a selection of works that furrows through the four decades that the Majorca-born Barceló has devoted to art, including paintings, bronze sculptures, plaster works, ceramics, drawings, and watercolors. On the other hand, the Bibliothèque nationale de France displays engravings in bronze, copper, and wood (in a technique he invented himself in which insects eat the paper and contribute to the creation of the artwork), lithographs, screen prints, and also a fresco rendered with clay, nearly 200 meters long and 6 meters high, on the glass panes of Dominique Perrault’s building. This monumental mural is temporary, to be erased after 28 August.

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