Miquel Barceló exhibits his watercolors based on Kafka's “The Metamorphosis" On view at Gallimard Gallery
Miquel Barceló selected for the Gallimard Gallery about forty original watercolor works among those which he created to accompany The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, published in the collection "Grande Blanche illustrée" by Gallimard. On view from 26 November 2021 to 19 March 2022.
Very moved by this fiction, the artist holds a strong link that binds him to Kafka’s text which inhabits him since adolescence. "I have read The Metamorphosis at the age of 13 or 14 in one go, at night. Maybe even twice in a row, as I used to do sometimes. The next day, I came home from school to find my mother crying as she read it, even though I had found it funny and disturbing. My mother was crying at the thought that I had read THAT. I then reread it several times. Maybe every decade. I consider it a kind of essential, modern comedy (like Cervantes). The more the years and the events pass, the more I find Franz Kafka relevant, with this humor that was said to be Jewish but which is a very old form of humanism... cosmic despair... Metamorphosis: change. The only one who does not change is Gregor Samsa, he may lose weight, but he remains the same from the moment he wakes up until the end. Everything around him changes. His father, his mother, his little sister! After reading it, you become aware of something you had forgotten for a long time, something you already knew." — Miquel Barceló