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Harland Miller: In Dreams Begin Monsters

September 24, 2015 by Mary

24 September – 22 November 2015
Palacio Quintanar, Segovia

Palacio Quintanar, the innovation centre for the design and the culture of Castilla y Leon, shows "In Dreams Begin monsters" by Harland Miller, one of Britain’s most important contemporary artists, of the generation of Young British Artists British art scene. Miller’s first solo exhibition in Spain takes place during Segovia’s Hay Festival*.

The exhibition title –In Dreams Begin Monsters – is also the name of one of the large-scale works in the exhibition – an oil painting from Miller’s black and gold series, which is reminiscent of the giant canvases of Penguin Book covers, which brought him international acclaim. In this series, he reinterpreted the original covers of Penguin books, adding ironic titles invented by him, highlighting the contradictions associated with love.


In parallel, the title refers to "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters"(1979), one etching from the recorded series “Los Caprichos” by Francisco Goya. The link is important because Miller, as Goya, use the text of a poetic and profound way as an explicit part of his paintings. And both share a love of melancholy, satire, humour and art historical references. The message you hope to convey is that rationality can be subverted by the imagination, fantasy, vulgarity or romance.

The works in the exhibition have been selected according to Miller pictorial poetry dialogue with the dramatic architecture of the palace: oil paintings on wood and large format prints as well as three of Miller’s bronze umbrella sculptures.


Harland Miller ‘Wentworth Street’ (2010)
© Harland Miller. Photo © Todd-White Art Photography Courtesy White Cube

The exhibition, curated by Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz, also seeks to explore Miller's career as a writer.

*The tenth Hay Festival in Segovia will take place 24–27 September 2015. The festival brings writers and readers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events on five continents.