While visiting Barcelona this summer I went to a lot of museums and my favorite one was definitely “Fundació Joan Miró” – an art space dedicated to the work of Joan Miró.
The Fundació Joan Miró is a remarkable space created by Miró himself with the idea of making art accessible to all. At first the art museum was showing principally works from Miró’s private collection, with a desire to set up an internationally recognized centre in Barcelona for Miró scholarship and contemporary art research. The Fundació opened to the public on 10 June 1975 and has since become a dynamic centre in which Joan Miró’s work coexists with cutting-edge contemporary art. Details about the temporary exhibitions can be found here.
Collection / The collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and works on paper displayed at the Fundació is one of the most comprehensive selections of Miró’s oeuvre, offering a thorough overview of all the stages of his life and career.
Eight distinct but interconnected sections allow visitors to explore all aspects of the work and personal language of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century: “The Land”; “Beyond Painting”; “Violence”, “Escape”; “Anonymity”; “Poetry and Silence”; “Anti-Painting”; “Sobreteixims”, and “Art and Everyday Life” illustrate the key concepts in Miró’s thinking and his oeuvre, and show his desire to transcend conventional painting.
Architecture / The Fundació Joan Miró building was designed by architect and city planner Josep Lluís Sert, who was a close friend of Joan Miró and an exponent of avant-garde architecture in Catalonia.
With a rationalist structure and Mediterranean features -a central courtyard, roof terrace, and skylights- the Fundació Joan Miró building is undoubtedly one of Barcelona’s rationalist landmarks. But above all it is a work of art by two unique artists and one of the city’s cultural icons, a fusion of art, architecture and landscape.
In 1988 and 2000 the building was enlarged to make room for new services and increase the exhibition space. The extensions were overseen by Sert’s friend and pupil Jaume Freixa, who is the current President of the Fundació.
Adress / Parc de Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona / Bus 55 and 150 (Direction: Parc de Montjuïc)
Get more information about the museum here.