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Rediscovering Joan Miró with the most complete exhibition on the Catalan artist

‘Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape’ was on show at London’s Tate Modern until September, being one of the must-see exhibitions of the year. Now it arrives at the Fundació Miró in Barcelona. It is the most complete exhibition on one of the most universal Catalan artists of all time, with 170 works on display from public and private collections from all over the world. The exhibition has the double objective of rediscovering Miró’s work and showing his commitment in the era he lived in. Another exhibition on Miró’s posters will run in parallel, focussing on his involvement in Catalan cultural, political and civic initiatives.


14 October 2011 11:13 PM


ACN / Pere Francesch

Barcelona (ACN).- Barcelona has been, together with Palma de Mallorca, the place to better contemplate Joan Miró\u2019s work. However, last Spring London held the most complete exhibition on Joan Miró, an exhibition organised between the Tate Modern and Barcelona\u2019s Fundació Miró (Joan Miró\u2019s Museum in the Catalan Capital). Now, \u2018The Ladder of Escape\u2019 will be displayed in Barcelona, after having been one of the successes of the year in the UK capital. The Fundació Joan Miró (Joan Miró\u2019s Foundation) will host the exhibition from October 16th until March 18th 2012; the \u2018The Ladder of Escape\u2019 will travel to Washington in May 2012 and will be displayed at the National Gallery. This exhibition compiles 170 works from the Catalan artist, coming from museums and private collections from all over the world. It is not only the most complete exhibition on Miró because of the number, variety and geographic origin of the works displayed, but also because of their quality and how they grasp the artist\u2019s life, style, and his commitment. Joan Miró was an artist committed with the era he lived through, as another exhibition in Barcelona will also prove. In parallel to the \u2018Ladder of Escape\u2019, the History Museum of Catalonia displays the posters Miró designed throughout his life, such as the famous \u2018Aidez l\u2019Espagne\u2019, asking the international community to help the Republican Government during the Spanish Civil War. The exhibition \u2018Joan Miró. Poster of a time, of a country\u2019 will be also on display until mid-March 2012.

The most complete exhibition on the Catalan painter Joan Miró organised in the last 20 years in Spain can be seen in Barcelona until March 18th 2012. \u2018Joan Miró: the Ladder of Escape\u2019 (L\u2019escala de l\u2019evasió) is hosted by the Fundació Joan Miró, the museum devoted to the Catalan artist and located at Barcelona Montjuïc Hill. 170 paintings, sculptures and works on paper coming from public and private collections from all over the world. Some of Miró\u2019s highlights can be seen, such as \u2018La masia\u2019 (The Farm) (1921-1922), \u2018Cap d\u2019un pagès català\u2019 (Head of a Catalan Peasant) (1924-1925), \u2018Hort amb ase\u2019 (Field with Donkey) (1918) o \u2018Natura morta del sabatot\u2019 (Still Life with Old Shoe) (1937).

The exhibition is jointly organised by the Tate Modern and the Fundació Joan Miró. It is sponsored by the Catalan Government, Barcelona City Council, and the BBVA Foundation. Tate Modern\u2019s curators Matthew Gale, Marko Daniel and Kerryn Greenberg are in charge of it, together with the Fundació Joan Miró\u2019s head curator Teresa Montaner.

Miró\u2019s posters also on show

In parallel to \u2018Joan Miró: the Ladder of Escape\u2019 the exhibition \u2018Poster of a time, of a coutnry\u2019 takes place at the History Museum of Catalonia. It will show a selection of posters by the Catalan artist produced between 1919 and 1980. They are proof of his involvement in a wide range of cultural, civic and political actions and initiatives. The exhibition analyses Miró\u2019s commitment to his roots, the Catalan culture and rural life, as well as his engagement in the Spanish Civil War defending the Republic. Posters supporting cultural magazines from 1919 or 1936, posters to claim for the Catalan Statute of Autonomy in 1979 or defending the Republican Government in 1937, and posters to support the cultural platform Òmnium Cultural in 1974 promoting and defending the Catalan language during Franco\u2019s regime.


  • 'La masia' (The Farm) is one of Miró's highlights and shows a typical Catalan rural house (by P. Francesch)

  • 'La masia' (The Farm) is one of Miró's highlights and shows a typical Catalan rural house (by P. Francesch)