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Turner Prize artist decorates Spanish chapel

A tiny chapel near Barcelona  that is still used by Benedictine monks has received an unusual makeover from a Turner prize-nominated Irish artist.

Santa Cecilia de Montserrat monastery.
Santa Cecilia de Montserrat monastery. Image by Angela Llop / CC BY-SA 2.0

The ten-year restoration project at the 1000-year-old Santa Cecilia de Montserrat monastery has transformed the chapel into a canvas for 22 of Sean Scully’s works, including huge abstract paintings, frescoes and three glass crosses; most of the works are not overtly religious. The artist described the project as one of the most ‘significant and important’ of his life. The chapel, which opened to the public on the second of July, will display the artist’s works indefinitely. Read more: theguardian.com