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Joan Miro Foundation, a Spectacular Art Museum in Barcelona, Spain

Updated on September 3, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona exterior view in Barcelona, Spain
Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona exterior view in Barcelona, Spain | Source

Olympic Discovery

Situated atop Montjuic which is a high hill in Barcelona overlooking much of this beautiful city in Spain is an art museum called the Joan Miro Foundation. It naturally features the work of the well known artist Joan Miro.

View of Barcelona from Montjuic
View of Barcelona from Montjuic | Source

After spending some time at the spectacular Swimming Games Olympic Venue set high above Barcelona with a terrific view of the entire city, my husband and I decided that we had to find a spot to cool off.

It was not only summer but it was broiling 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 cool respite from the heat.

Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona exterior view
Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona exterior view | Source

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 called Montjuic, we saw CoBi all decked out in painterly garb in front of what turned out to be the Joan Miro Foundation.

Olympic mascot named Cobi
Olympic mascot named Cobi | Source

The building was air conditioned.

We like art and decided to explore the museum and cool down at the same time which we very nicely achieved.

Artist Joan Miro

Joan Miro was born in Barcelona in 1893 and died in Palma de Mallorca in 1983.

This post is not intended to delve into a long biography of Joan Miro 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 Miro's artwork in them. Many people have posters and copies of his work on their walls.

Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona exterior view in Barcelona, Spain
Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona exterior view in Barcelona, Spain | Source

Pleasant Discovery on Montjuic

When we discovered the Joan Miro Foundation on Montjuic we were naturally interested in seeing what was inside as well as satisfying our need for some cool air.

The contemporary building was a work of art in itself!

It was designed by architect Josep Lluis Sert. Another architect by the name of Jaume Freixa worked to expand the building when more space was needed for display and work areas.

The Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona building is also a work of art!
The Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona building is also a work of art! | Source

Beautiful Building and Views

Bright and white spaces with plenty of skylights and windows let natural light enter the interior spaces and also let views of the outside remain within view.

The artist Joan Miro created the Foundation bearing his name in 1971 and contributed many of his art pieces which make up much of the collection.

Personnage by Joan Miro exhibited at the Miró Foundation in Barcelona
Personnage by Joan Miro exhibited at the Miró Foundation in Barcelona | Source

Included are the following from Miro:

  • 217 paintings
  • 153 sculptures
  • 9 textiles
  • His complete graphic works
  • Almost 5,000 drawings

What amazed us was getting to see some of his earlier works (of which we were unfamiliar) and seeing his progression from Realism to the Abstract.

Joan Miro Foundation Purpose

The Joan Miro Foundation purpose is to not only showcase his 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 during weekdays.

There is an auditorium and a library which can be utilized by the public.

My husband and I enjoyed seeing the Joan Miro Foundation with all of its colorful, fun and eye popping art sculptures both inside and outside the beautiful building. The drawings and paintings were most enjoyable getting to view them up close and personal.

View of Barcelona below from atop Montjuic & the Miro Foundation.
View of Barcelona below from atop Montjuic & the Miro Foundation. | Source

Montjuic

The Joan Miro Foundation building sits atop Montjuic which is high above the City of Barcelona, Spain. Views looking down upon the city with the hills in the background were wonderful.

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 shots that were already taken.

In reading the brochure afterwards I realized that they would probably rather sell the images via postcards or books, so that is understandable. I purchased several postcards but they have copyrights so I cannot post them here.

Miro sculpture at the Miro Foundation in Barcelona
Miro sculpture at the Miro Foundation in Barcelona | Source

This respite 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 Joan Miro Foundation had it been a cooler day. The result was that we were very happy to have added this visit to a great art museum to our Barcelona, Spain experiences during the summer games of the Olympics.

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Joan Miro (MoMA Artist Series)
Joan Miro (MoMA Artist Series)

The images created by this artist are always intriguing and many times whimsical. We certainly found them to be so when visiting the Miro Foundation in Barcelona, Spain.

 

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      Peggy Woods 4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dave,

      During the 7 days we were staying in Palma, Majorca while being shuttled back and forth by airplane to Barcelona for Olympic events we took in all the sights that time allowed. We did take a day tour of Palma but Miro's studio was not a part of that tour. If we should ever return it would definitely be on our list of things to see. Thanks for mentioning it.

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      Dave Proctor 4 weeks ago from Alfauir, Valencia, Spain

      Hi Peggy

      Nice article, if you get over the pond again you should try to get to Miro's studio in Palma, Majorca. An oasis of calm with some fantastic works of art. The studio is as Miro left it when he passed away.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Lazaros,

      Thank you so much for the correction. I have changed the information in the body of the hub regarding this painting that we both liked at the Miro Foundation. It is a beauty! Thanks again!

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      Lazaros 5 years ago

      Hi Peggy,

      just a minor correction: the last photo on this page, the "painting that you both liked", is not one of Miro's. It's Dorothea Tanning's "Tout est illusion peut-être (All Is Illusion, Maybe)", 1973, hosted at Miro's Foundation in Barcelona. Link: http://www.dorotheatanning.org/life-and-work/view-...

      Regards from Greece,

      Lazaros

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Visiting the Joan Miro Foundation was not only fun and interesting...but it gave us a respite from the heat of the summer temperatures for a while. It is a wonderful museum on top of the hill called Montjuic in Barcelona. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Sinea Pies,

      The artist Joan Miro certainly does use brilliant colors in most of his work. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello livelonger,

      Nice that you also got to see the Joan Miro Foundation museum in Barcelona. We walked up Montjuic during the Olympics along with thousands of other people. I would imagine that the cable car ride would give spectacular views! From the top of that hill no matter how one gets there, the views are wonderful. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      Cheryl J. 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Beautiful and interesting art by Miro. Great colors, patterns and abstracts. I admire your photos and information regarding the Joan Miro Art Foundation in Barcelona. Another interesting hub.

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Very interesting art work. Love the brilliant colors.

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      Jason Menayan 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Great Hub, Peggy. I went to Barcelona in 2003 and visited Fundacio Joan Miro then, and absolutely loved it. The funicular up to Montjuic is pretty cool, too, and the cable cars (teleferic) gave such a magical view of Barcelona. Thanks for sharing this Hub!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tony,

      We had seen Miro works but never in such an abundance as at the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona, Spain. We enjoyed seeing his early works and as he progressed as an artist in his creations. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      I was introduced to the art of Miro many years ago and loved it then. I still do!

      Thanks for taking me on this wonderful tour of the museim.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello childrensprints,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona, Spain. There were some wonderful paintings, sculptures and so forth from Miro in that museum! Thanks for the comment.

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      childrensprints 7 years ago

      Really enjoyed this one on Miro!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello MikeSyrSutton,

      Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at the Joan Miro Foundation that we discovered while attending olympic events in Barcelona, Spain years ago. We enjoyed that wonderful art museum and thought that it would make for a good hub. Appreciate the comment.

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      MikeSyrSutton 7 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Interesting hubs and cool pics!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks Kiran,

      Glad you liked this hub about the Joan Miro Foundation.

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      kiran8 8 years ago from Mangalore, India

      Very interesting and very informative, thanks a lot Peggy :)

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi loveroflife,

      From what you commented, you probably enjoyed this hub. My personal taste runs more to the Impressionists and others but it is always interesting viewing different types of art and becoming more educated regarding the subject.

      My husband and I enjoyed viewing Miro's art inside and outside the Joan Miro Foundation plus we got to cool off from the summer heat which provided a nice interlude.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      loveroflife 8 years ago

      Miro is certainly one of the greats of Spanish modern art.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pete,

      How can you say that you are not an art lover? Writing is an art form and you are a great science fiction writer. LOL

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi shamelabboush,

      Glad that you liked this one regarding Joan Miro especially since you like surrealism. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      Hahaha...we had some fun last night on your hub. (I admit...I am the crazy one!) Happy to hear that your inner beauty has remained intact despite the scratch from the cat! LOL

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      I'm not much of an art lover and I'm really not into surrealism. It reminds me of the hippies on LSD back in the sixties.

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      Very nice, I like surrealism style. Thanks

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I would have come back sooner, but some crazy lady was commenting on my hub and then I got a bad scratch from the cat and it all fell apart after that.. I still have my inner beauty (cuz I didn't kill the cat) lol!!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      It was definitely fun getting to see the Joan Miro art in person, and I agree that his colors really pop for the most part...especially on his sculptures. I also like the impressionists like you do. Thanks for the quick comment.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I like his work, tho I tend to be more "Monet".. I love the abstract and color! Thank you for this hub!!