Joan Miró. la Gran Belleza

26 March to 04 July 2021


One of the twentieth century’s most celebrated artists, Joan Miro’s magical universe is explored in this intimate exhibition spanning 50 years of creative production.

Joan Miró, 1971, Paris 1971 Mât © Successió Miró / ADAGP, Paris and DACS London 2021

Joan Miró i Ferrà (Barcelona, 1893 – Palma de Mallorca, 1983) is one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated artists, whose influence and legacy continues to be ever-present in our times today. Painter, sculptor and ceramicist, his lifelong playful flirtation with abstraction and geometry have secured his place in the pantheon of art history.

Avoiding categorisation, neither cubist, surrealist nor abstract artist, this exhibition aims to take a journey through more than 50 years of the artist’s creative production. The tour begins in 1931, with a small figurative painting in which one can identify the beginning of that unique visual language characteristic of Miró. It ends in 1981 with a series of engravings that boast the wealth of his creative universe. The exhibition features his paintings, sculptures, engravings, and drawings, presenting the progression of his style as he honed in on his artistic voice. This survey show is an intimate walk-through Miro’s colourful career.

Joan Miró was born April 20, 1893 in Barcelona. At the age of 14, he went to business school in Barcelona and also attended La Lonja’s Escuela Superior de Artes Industriales y Bellas Artes in the same city. Upon completing three years of art studies, he took a position as a clerk. After suffering a nervous breakdown, he abandoned business and resumed his art studies, attending Francesc Galí’s Escola d’Art in Barcelona from 1912 to 1915.

In 1920 Miró made his first trip to Paris, where he met Pablo Picasso. From this time, Miró divided his time between Paris and Montroig, Spain. In 1924 Miró joined the Surrealist group and his solo show at the Galerie Pierre, Paris, in 1925 was a major Surrealist event.

During the early 1930s he made Surrealist sculptures incorporating painted stones and found objects. In 1936 Miró left Spain because of the civil war; he returned in 1941.

During the 1960s he began to work intensively in sculpture. Miró retrospectives took place at MoMa in 2941, the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, in 1962, and the Grand Palais, Paris, in 1974 and 2019. Miró died on December 25, 1983, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Joan Miró, 1981, Magie Blanche II © Successió Miró / ADAGP, Paris and DACS London 2021
Joan Miró, 1981, Luge Des Amants II © Successió Miró / ADAGP, Paris and DACS London 2021