Joan Miró. Painting Walls, Painting Worlds
February 25 to June 12 2016
Joan Miró (1893–1983) once famously declared that he wanted to assassinate painting. Today he is recognized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. With a focused solo exhibition, the SCHIRN presents a previously little-discussed aspect of the Catalan artist’s work: Miró's preference for large-scale formats and his fascination with the wall. From early on, the wall was the starting point for his painting – the wall as an object to be depicted, and which at the same time would determine the physical and tactile quality of his painting. Miró distanced himself from the simple reproduction of reality and equated the picture plane with the wall. By using different colored grounds, coarse burlap, Masonite (hardboard), sandpaper and tarpaper, he created unique visual worlds of monumental dimensions and outstanding materiality.
The exhibition covers over half a century of Miró’s oeuvre, beginning with his emblematic painting "The Farm" (1921/22), and continuing with his iconic dream paintings of the 1920s, his key work "Painting (The Magic of Color)" from 1930, his works and frieze formats painted on unconventional grounds in the 1940s and 1950s, to the brilliant late works such as the monumental triptych "Blue I–III" (1961) and the extraordinary "Paintings I–III" (1973). With this exhibition, which includes around 50 works of art from prominent museums worldwide, such as the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Museo Reina Sofía Madrid and the Centre Pompidou, Paris as well as important private collections, the SCHIRN opens up an entirely new approach to Miró's art.
Miró and the Object
Fundació Joan Miró
October 29, 2015 - January 17, 2016
This monographic exhibition is the first specific inquiry into the role of the object in the work of Joan Miró. Curated by William Jeffett, Miró and the Object looks at how the artist began with pictorial representations of objects and then moved on to physically incorporating them in his works through collage and assemblage, before finally arriving at sculpture. The exhibition narrative shows how Miró's exploration of the world of objects led him to work with different techniques and methods.The selection includes paintings, collages, objects, ceramics, and sculptures from the Fundació Joan Miró, along with singular pieces from public and private European and American collections. Miró and the Object sets out to show how Miró defied painting in the late twenties, and how his respect and intense dialogue with the objects around him helped to bring about a profound transformation of the concept of art in the twentieth century.
Leiris & Co.: Picasso, Masson, Miro, Giacometti, Lam, Bacon...
Centre Pompidou - Metz
April 3 to September 14, 2015
At the crossroads of art, literature and ethnography, this exhibition dedicated to Michel Leiris (1901-1990) is the first of its kind. As a prominent 20th century intellectual, though relatively unknown, Leiris was both a poet and an autobiographical writer, as well as a professional ethnographer and very close friend of many great artists and writers of his times.
Encompassing nearly 350 works, including many masterpieces by his closest artist friends (Miró, Masson, Giacometti, Picasso, Bacon…), African and Caribbean artefacts and works of art, a wide array of manuscripts, books, films and music, this exhibition aims at shedding light upon Michel Leiris' multi-faceted character, his passions and commitments. It equally sets out to highlight the innovative aspect of his oeuvre and the pertinence of his ideas, which, at a time of globalisation and post-colonial studies, have made him an essential contemporary reference.
Joan Miro. Women, Birds, Stars
Sakip Sabanci Museum
September 23, 2014 to February 1, 2015
Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), hosts a comprehensive exhibition consisting of the Catalan artist and sculptor Joan Miró, born in Barcelona. This exhibition, titled ‘Joan Miró. Women, Birds and Stars’ focuses on the maturity period of the groundbreaking and multi-faceted artist. The exhibition, made possible with the sponsorship of Sabancı Holding and organized in collaboration with the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation, as well as the family collection in Mallorca, will be open to the public between the dates of September 23, 2014 – February 1, 2015. The exhibition focuses on woman, bird and star themes of Miró, who was heavily inspired by his observations on the Mediterranean geography and people throughout his career. The exhibition will provide the opportunity for viewers to understand the symbolic language of the artist through a rich selection of artworks in different mediums such as oil on canvas, sculpture, lithography and ceramics. With this exhibition, art enthusiasts in Istanbul will be able to witness the various interpretations of the energy the artist drew from the Mediterranean culture.
Miro: The Experience of Seeing
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham
September 14, 2014 to February 22, 2015
The Nasher Museum presents Miró: The Experience of Seeing, an exhilarating exhibition of works by Spanish-born artist Joan Miró. This is the first-ever presentation of the final 20 years of Miró’s career. Don’t miss the only East Coast venue for this special ticketed exhibition. All works are on loan from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain.
Joan Miro: From Earth to Sky
September 12, 2014 to January 11, 2015
With his imaginative pictorial motifs, Joan Miró is one of the most popular artists of the 20th century. The Albertina is dedicating a solo exhibition to the Catalonian artist containing around 100 paintings, drawings and objects, which strives to emphasise the poetic quality of the famous Surrealist.