Antoni Miralda was born in Terrassa (Barcelona) in 1942. After spending two years in Paris and two in London, in 1966 he settled in the French capital until 1972, when he moved to New York. He currently lives between Miami and Barcelona. In the sixties, with the so-called ‘Paris Catalans’ (Joan Rabascall, Jaume Xifra, Benet Rossell and Dorothée Selz) he organised a series of happenings or collective rituals around ceremonial food from the perspective of colour and symbolism. Initially in collaboration with Dorothée Selz, and from 1972 with the museum keeper and chef Montse Guillén, he made food the object of his artistic work.
Over the years, he has created large installations in a non-conformist language that is lively, baroque and kitsch and which brings art to life. In major works like Honeymoon Project, a symbolic marriage between the statue of Columbus in Barcelona and the Statue of Liberty in New York, he uses a universal activity such as food to carry out a deconstruction of prejudices in a world that is already global. Many of his works promote collective participation in a context of play and partying.
This was the project that would unexpectedly unite Miralda and Ideal, in 1988 the townhall of Hospitalet de Llobregat called a contest between barmans in order to elect the best cocktail to celebrate this wedding, it had to be blue and non-alcoholic, and the winner was Manel Roldan our barman from Ideal Cocktail bar.
Years later MACBA has programmed an exhibition: The MIRALDA MADEINUSA that recovers all of the artist’s projects related to his stay in the United States from the mid-seventies to the late nineties.
We strongly recommend you to visit MACBA’s exhibition as well as paying a visit to Manel in our bar and ask for a Honeymoon Blues cocktail in honor to Miralda!