This collection of over 120 works by Joan Miró includes paintings, ceramics and sculptures, and explores the role of the object in the work of the Catalan master. Curated by William Jeffett, the exhibition looks at Miró’s representation of objects in his drawings, and the artistic journey that led him to later physically incorporate these objects into his collage, assemblage and sculptural pieces. As one of the greatest Surrealist artists of all time, Miró’s work seeks to create a bridge between the world of reality and that of dreams. Like many Surrealists, he used collage and assemblage in his pieces to awaken the subconscious mind of their viewers. He famously claimed that he wanted to ‘assassinate painting’ and, by the end of the Twenties, Miró and his associates were producing ‘anti-paintings’ in which objects of the everyday were twisted and contorted to reveal a new dimension; a new reality with which people viewed them and the subjects that they accompanied. In the post-war era, Miró took things a step further, integrating objects in a non-conformist way into his sculpture and ceramics, so as to bring previously disregarded objects to the forefront. With pieces never before exhibited in Barcelona, including ‘The Ear of Wheat’ (1923) from the MOMA collection, New York, and ‘Portrait of a Ballerina’ (1928) from the Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris, don’t miss this inquisitive collection that seeks to disclose how Miró’s dialogue with the objects around him transformed the concept of art in the twentieth century.
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