Fundacio Joan Miro Surrealist Art Gallery Barcelona Spain

Famous for his surrealist paintings, tapestries and statues, the Fundacio Miro claims to have the most famous of these works. If you are a fan of surrealist art, do not miss coming to its white walls. The building is lovingly lit so as to fully display the pieces of art. Located in a picturesque neighbourhood of Barcelona, its design fits the artistic style of its namesake.

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Joan Miro

Born in 1893 in Barcelona, Joan Miro quickly showed a talent for art producing drawings at the tender age of 8. By 1925, he would be able to hold his first solo exhibition in Paris followed 5 years later by one in the United States. His first bronze sculptures appeared in 1946 of which “Miss Chicago” (1981) and “Woman and Bird” (1982) will be two monumental ones. He died in 1983 in Palma, Mallorca.

Picture of the building

Following a ceramic mural made for Barcelona Airport in 1970, a debate developed to set up a museum of some kind to contain Miro’s art. This debate bore fruit in 1972 when the Fundacio Joan Miro was legally constituted and again in 1975, when the building opened to the public with paintings, sculptures and textiles; many of them donated by the artist himself. On each of these occasions, long-time friends and collaborators of Miro’s participated, Artigas on the mural and Josep Lluís Sert on the building. Such collaboration was a hallmark of Miro’s career.

All the colour and abstractness nature of Miro’s art is here on display. If you wanted to count the number of pieces, you would find about 8000 drawings, 240 paintings, 175 sculptures, 9 textiles and 4 ceramics as well as almost all the graphic works, all of which mostly represent Miro’s artistic output in the 1960s and 1970s, although you can find pieces from his life that enable to see his artistic progression. The collection brilliantly displays the mixture of media and technique that so interested Miro throughout his life as he colourfully set artistic boundaries aside.
Picture of the entrance to the Fundacio Joan Miro

As you step through the entrance, you are greeted with a wall-size tapestry full of red, yellow, blue and green. It is impossible to avoid it. Not sure if it is disappointing, but this particular tapestry does not have any of Miro’s inventiveness that he would lend to other tapestries, such as ropes or umbrellas. If you are able to tear yourself from this striking piece, you will able to see his “Self Portrait” with its black strokes and “Women, Bird, Star” or “Personages, Bird, Star” with their blue background. These are some of his paintings that consistently appear in art books.

Lest we forget the statues and sculptures, which Miro had a tendency to make more and more monumental as his career progressed, there are quite a few on the roof, which are painted in the Miro colours of red, yellow, blue and green.

If you are not able to come to the Fundacio Joan Miro in Barcelona, it can come to you.
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