Miró’s sculptural world, retraced in Santander
A new exhibit brings together an extensive collection, some never before seen, open until early September
It’s hard to go anywhere in Barcelona without seeing a reminder of famed Catalan artist Joan Miró: from a mural decorating the T2 airport terminal, to statues throughout the city and on the beach. And, starting March 20 until September 2, his work can also be explored in the city of Santander in a new exhibition.
Hosted at the Centro Botín in the centre-north Cantabrian capital, the exhibit is called ‘Joan Miró: Sculptures 1928-1982,’ put up with the collaboration of Catalonia’s Obra Social ‘La Caixa.’ Here, visitors can enjoy a collection of the artist’s sculptures, along with drawings, sketches, photographs of the artist, and videos that showed his creative process. Many of these have never been seen before, and were collected and restored for this exact exhibition.
Everyday objects become art
The exhibition is spread out in five spaces, and touch on Miró’s ability to transform everyday objects into works of art. The works collected start in 1928, up to the very last piece from 1982, just a year before the artist passed away. They represent all the materials Miró worked with: metal, bronze, wood, paint, fiberglass, polyurethane and synthetic resin. The exhibition will also include a publication edited especially for the event, showcasing with the artist’s creative process.
"Miró is current, and he is alive, and that he could be a young artist of today”
Maria José Salazar · co-curator of exhibit
Among the collection in five spaces, museum-goers will find names like ‘Danseuse Espagnole’ (1928), the artist’s first work searching for the third dimension, or the construction ‘Painting –Object’ (1931). There are also painted sculptures from the ‘60s, like ‘Femme et oiseau,’ ‘Personnage,’ and ‘Jeune fille s'évadant,’ among others. There are also monumental creations like ‘Femme Monument’ (1970), ‘Personnage,’ ‘Porte I’ (1974), ‘L'Oeil attire les diamants’ (1974), and ‘Souvenir de la Tour Eiffel’ (1977).
Miró could very well be “a young artist of today”
The majority of the pieces come from the private collection of Miró’s family, from the Barcelona Miró Foundation, and the Mallorca Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation. This is added to pieces lent by museums around the world, from New York, to Paris, to the Balearic Islands. The collection is curated by Maria José Salazar and Joan Punyet Miró, the artist’s grandchild and representative of the Successió Miró archive.
Salazar explained that the different mediums that Miró used are also testament to his intention, explaining that, with each one, he searched for a “distinct language.” “He always wanted the textures to be different,” the curator noted, “and in each casting, he gives them their own world.” Salazar also went on to note how cutting edge Miró continues to be: according to her, the exhibit shows that Miró is “current, and he is alive, and that he could be a young artist of today.”
Joan Miró i Ferrà was a Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramicist, born in Barcelona at the end of the 19th century (1893-1983). His work primarily belongs to the surrealism movement, focusing on the wanderings and workings of the subconscious mind. Miró’s art in particular also recreated childlike aspects and displayed a certain Catalan pride. Part of his work also revolves around disdain for conventional art forms.