Fundació Joan Miró

Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. (Open Map)


Museum Dedicated to Catalan Artist Joan Miro

An influential master of contemporary Catalan art, Joan Miro’s work was abstract, bold and surreal. Approximately 10,000 of Miro’s works are held at the Fundacio Joan Miro, including paintings, graphics and sculptures.

Josep Lluís Sert, who spent the years of the Franco dictatorship as Dean of the School of Design at Harvard University, designed one of the greatest museum buildings in the world on his return. Approachable, light and airy, these white walls and arches house a collection of more than 225 paintings, 150 sculptures and all of Miró's graphic work, plus some 5,000 drawings. The permanent collection, highlighting Miró's trademark use of primary colours and simplified organic forms symbolising stars, the moon, birds and women, occupies the second half of the space. On the way to the sculpture gallery is Alexander Calder's rebuilt Mercury Fountain, originally seen at the Spanish Republic's Pavilion at the 1937 Paris Fair. In other works, Miró is shown as a cubist (Street in Pedralbes, 1917), naive (Portrait of a Young Girl, 1919) and surrealist (Man and Woman in Front of a Pile of Excrement, 1935). In the upper galleries, large, black-outlined paintings from Miró's final period precede a room of works with political themes.Temporary shows have improved significantly, providing an often humorous contrast to Míro.