The Fundació Joan Miró Foundation is a center for the cogitation and dissemination of Joan Miró’s work and contemporary art. The Fundació Joan Miró was created by the Spanish painter himself, at first predominantly with works from his private collection, with a determination to set up an internationally respected center in Barcelona for Miró modern art research, and scholarship. The Art Foundation is nestled in a building architected by Josep Lluís Sert, and rests amidst the verdure of the mountain and holds the most significant single collection of the preeminent artist’s work.
It is also one of the few art platforms anywhere in the world where the collusion between artist and architect reinforces the dialogue between the works and the space that houses them. The Fundació opened to the public in 1975 and had since become a dynamical center in which Joan Miró’s art coexists with the avant-garde contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through its interdisciplinary approach, the Fundació Joan Miró Foundation organizes academic activities and projects in coaction with other institutions, as well as temporary exhibitions of 20th and 21st-century artists.
Joan Miró Works
217 paintings, 178 sculptures, close to 8,000 drawings and nearly all Joan Miró prints. The majority of the pieces were donated by the Spanish artist himself, while others came from collections closely-held by Pilar Juncosa, his wife, and Joan Prats, his close friend and the motivational force behind the idea of founding the Fundació Joan Miró. The collection grew with ensuing donations by Pierre Matisse, Manuel de Muga, Josep Lluís Sert, Josep Royo, Francesc Farreras, Marguerite and Aimé Maeght, David Fernández Miró, among others. It also includes works on loan from collections possessed by Joan Punyet Miró, Emili Fernández Miró, and Lola Fernández Jiménez and from the Kazumasa Katsuta Collection.
Furthermore, eight distinct, yet interconnected, sections of Fundació Joan Miró Foundation enable visitors to examine all aspects of the work of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The sections of “Beyond Painting”; “The Land”; “Violence”, “Anonymity”; “Escape”; “Poetry and Silence”; “Sobreteixims”, “Anti-Painting”; and “Art and Everyday Life” illustrate the fundamental concepts in Miró’s thinking and his oeuvre, and depicts his desire to surmount conventional painting.
The paintings related to works based on the Spanish Civil War and Surrealism are especially praiseworthy due to their artistic and poetic significance.
Other Major Works
• Chapel of Sant Joan d’Horta, 1917
• Flama en l’espai i dona nua (Flame in space and nude woman), 1932
• Femme rêvant de l’évasion (Woman dreaming of escape), 1945
• Couple d’amoureux aux jeux de fleurs d’amandier (A pair of lovers playing with almond blossoms), 1975