Joan Miro Foundation: Spectacular Art Museum in Barcelona, Spain
Joan Miró Foundation
Situated atop Montjuic— a high hill in Barcelona overlooking much of this beautiful city in Spain—is the art museum called the Joan Miró Foundation. Views looking down upon the city with the hills in the background are spectacular.
The artist Joan Miró created the Foundation bearing his name in 1971 and contributed many of his art pieces which make up much of the collection.
Included are the following from Miró:
- 217 paintings
- 153 sculptures
- Nine textiles
- His complete graphic works
- Almost 5,000 drawings
The contemporary building of this museum is a work of art in itself. Architect Josep Lluis Sert designed it. Another architect by the name of Jaume Freixa, worked to expand the building when more space was needed for display and work areas.
Bright and white spaces with plenty of skylights and windows let natural light enter the interior spaces and also allow views of the outside.
Intent and Purpose of the Foundation
- The foundation purpose is to not only showcase Miró's artwork but to also promote and expose people to other contemporary art as well. Regular exhibitions are held there showing other artist's work.
- Guided tours are offered for the public, and school groups are often taken through this museum on weekdays.
- There is an auditorium plus a library which can be utilized by the public.
Artist Joan Miró
Joan Miró was born in Barcelona in 1893 and died in Palma de Mallorca in 1983. This post is not intended to delve into an extensive biography of Joan Miró and his art. Those interested in finding out more about this world-renowned artist and his works can easily do an Internet search of his name.
Suffice it to say that his surrealism style of artwork is recognizable almost everywhere people look at contemporary art. Most great museums around the world have examples of Miró's artwork in them. Many people have posters and copies of his work on their walls.
After spending some time at the spectacular swimming games Olympic venue, my husband and I decided that we had to find a spot to cool off. The weather was so hot during the summer Olympic games in 1992. We kept drinking water and fanning ourselves. Although we were truly enjoying watching the men's diving event, we felt compelled to leave in search of a respite from the heat.
CoBi was the name of Barcelona's summer games Olympic mascot. As we were leaving the swimming pools stadium—yes, there were two pools—and walking along the top of the hill, we saw CoBi all decked out in painterly garb in front of what turned out to be the Joan Miró Foundation.
The building was air-conditioned, and since both my husband and I appreciate art, we decided to spend some time inside of the museum. This break from the heat during a day of the men's Olympic diving event turned out to be quite an unexpected pleasure.
We probably would not have taken the time to have gone inside the museum had it been a cooler day. The result was that we were delighted to have added this visit to an outstanding art museum to our Barcelona, Spain experiences.
Photography Inside the Foundation
Having been at the Prado Museum in Madrid where photography was allowed as long as one did not take the pictures using a flash, I was starting to take some photos of the paintings when I was asked to stop. So I only have a couple of shots that were already made.
In reading the brochure afterward, I realized that they would probably rather sell the images via postcards or books, so that is understandable.
What amazed my husband and I was getting to see some of Joan Miró's earlier works of art, including the drawings and paintings and seeing his progression from realism to the abstract. We also liked viewing all the colorful, fun, and eye-popping art sculptures both inside and outside the beautiful building.
If you ever get the chance to visit the Joan Miró Foundation, I would heartily recommend doing so.
What do you think of Joan Miro's art?
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© 2009 Peggy Woods