This Fall, Artist Javier Barrios Brings His Little Studio of Horrors to Brussels

Portrait of Javier Barrios in his Mexico City studio.

Javier Barrios doesn't know how old he was when he first stared up at José Clemente Orozco’s menacing murals at the Hospicio Cabañas in Guadalajara. The vaulted hellscape lives rent-free in the artist’s psyche anyway. As a child, he and his siblings would dodge scorching squares of sun as they ran along the porticos downtown before seeking reprieve in the cold, domed chapel where, in the 1930s, the Mexican muralist realized 57 separate vignettes across the ceiling.

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