Joan Miro Foundation: Spectacular Art Museum in Barcelona, Spain
Situated atop Montjuic— a high hill in Barcelona overlooking much of this beautiful city in Spain—is an art museum called the Joan Miró Foundation. It naturally features the work of the well-known artist Joan Miró. Views looking down upon the city with the hills in the background were wonderful.
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 boiling 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.
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 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 Miró 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.
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 a long 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.
Joan Miró Foundation
The contemporary building of this museum 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.
Bright and white spaces with plenty of skylights and windows let natural light enter the interior spaces and also allow views of the outside.
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
- 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.
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.
My husband and I enjoyed seeing the Joan Miró Foundation with all of its colorful, fun and eye-popping art sculptures both inside and outside the beautiful building. The drawings and paintings were very much enjoyed getting to view them up close and personal.
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 shots that were already taken.
In reading the brochure afterward 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.
If you ever get the chance to visit this museum I would highly recommend it!
What do you think of Joan Miro's art?
© 2009 Peggy Woods