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Scarifications Exhibition – Miquel Barceló & Museum Barbier-Mueller

Scarifications Exhibition – Miquel Barceló & Museum Barbier-Mueller

Scarifications Exhibition – Miquel Barceló & Museum Barbier-Mueller 12 October 2023 – 21 April 2024

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The Genesis of the Exhibition

The genesis of this exhibition and its accompanying catalogue dates back to 2008 when Miquel Barceló, along with his friends Monique and Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller and the then-director of the museum, Laurence Mattet, conceived the idea during a lunch gathering. This is an unmissable event if you are an art lover, collector or dealer in Arts – Scarifications Exhibition – Miquel Barceló & Museum Barbier-Mueller 12 October 2023 – 21 April 2024.

The Theme of Scarifications

Scarifications Exhibition – Miquel Barceló & Museum Barbier-Mueller 12 October 2023 – 21 April 2024 – The central theme of the exhibition revolves around scarifications, which carry a significant symbolism due to the lasting impression they leave. This concept influenced Miquel Barceló’s selection of his own artworks as well as the choices made by the Musée Barbier-Mueller from its collections. Barceló approaches his pieces akin to flesh, employing techniques like scratching, deforming, tearing, pricking, and discoloring. Similarly, various items from the museum’s collections, such as a Senufo anthropomorphic statuette, a Baule mask, and a face-pendant from the kingdom of Benin, have undergone similar transformative processes. However, these designs reflect intentional acts rooted in tradition, symbolizing a passage or transformation.

The Theme of Scarifications

Scarifications Exhibition – Miquel Barceló & Museum Barbier-Mueller 12/10/2023 to 21/4/2024 – These acts of marking and transformation represent artistic or ritualistic practices, serving as creative expressions, signs of ownership, or traces imbued with prophylactic, therapeutic, aesthetic, or even erotic significance. They embody a convergence of diverse visual experiences.

Further Reading

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