Joan Miró and Jackson Pollock in Barcelona
One of the best museums in Barcelona it is certainly the foundation dedicated to the great Catalan artist Joan Miró. The Joan Miró Foundation is located in one of the most beautiful places of the city, the promontory of Montjuïc.
Joan Miró was born in 1893 in the historic centre of Barcelona, between the Ramblas and the Plaça Sant Jaume, near the Gothic quarter. His childhood was spent among the hustle and bustle of one of the most cosmopolitan streets in the world, and the historical weight of an area housing the Cathedral, the City Hall and the Government building.
This itinerary will follow some of the places Miró frequented as a child, but also the places where he was formed as an artist and as a person. For the young Miró, Barcelona could also offer the collection of Romanesque paintings he was able to admire at the Museu de Belles Arts (then in the Ciutadella Park), and Antoni Gaudí‘s art; it was the city where he would come and go from Paris, Mont-roig or Palma, and the home of some of his early friends with whom he shared a studio, drawing classes and the fun of going out at night to the various haunts around the Paral·lel and the old town. Barcelona was his birthplace and the city where he wished to leave his imprint.
The Miró legacy is evident throughout Barcelona: at the airport, a work to welcome people arriving by air; on the ground, a 30-metre monument to welcome people arriving by road (at present Woman and Bird, situated at the Parc Joan Miró); a mosaic at the Pla de l’Os, in the Ramblas, for people entering the city by sea; and a Centre for Contemporary Art Studies, at the Fundació Joan Miró, as a door to the future and a place for international cultural exchanges.
From 24 October 2012 to 24 March 2013 the Joan Miró Foundation offers to its visitors, the exhibition dedicated to another great genius of the twentieth century: “Explosion! The legacy of Jackson Pollock”.
Pollock was undoubtedly the greatest exponent of “action painting”. Through this exhibition, the Fundació Joan Miró investigates the structure of influences and connections that were produced from this art technique, the interest of which lies in the fact that artists confer the same importance on the creative act as the result itself, and which leads to an experimental and conceptual attitude towards painting. This exhibition includes several works ranging from the forties to the present day, and offers samples from artists such as Jackson Pollock, Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, Allan Kaprow, Andy Warhol, Lynda Benglis, Murakami, Bruce Nauman, John Baldessari, Paul McCarthy and Francis Alÿs.
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