• 26 Oct 2018

From October 3rd 2018 to February 4th 2019, the Grand Palais hosts a significant retrospective of iconic Catalan Artist Joan Miró. Art-Trope saw the exhibition at its opening.

Artwork by Joan Miró

Hirondelle Amour, 1935 © Joan Miró

Joan Miró: an Artist aside from all categories

Joan Miró was born in 1893 in Catalonia and spent several years in France he loved deeply. His artistic career has been very prolific for more than 70 years. As a contemporary of Matisse and Picasso, Miró went through the great debates and movements of the 20th century. The exhibition organized by the Grand Palais follows a chronological order and shines a new light on the amazing diversity of the huge production of the Catalan Artist. Indeed, “in the Grand Palais’ 2018 retrospective, visitors will follow Joan Miró’s footsteps through 70 years of creation. He probably was influenced by 50 years of history forged by two World Wars. Such significant events, the questioning he had about the mankind, himself and his land defined his work” explains Jean-Louis Prat, former Director of the Maeght Foundation (1970-2005), Art Historian, member of the Joan Miró committee and Curator of the exhibition.

Painter Joan Miró photographed in 1935 by Carl van Vechten

Portrait of Joan Miró, 1935 © Carl van Vechten

Joan Miró’s diverse techniques

Painter, Sculptor, Engraver, Ceramist, Joan Miró produced several master pieces in various disciplines. The exhibition organized by the Grand Palais highlights this multifaceted aspect of the Catalan Artist’s work. “Miró used oil painting but he also renewed his artistic activity by using recycling materials and combining them together. His sculptures combine materials he found with objects of daily life he collected during his walks. He transformed it by giving it another relation to space and by playing with colors in an unconventional way on his bronzes. Titles, signs and inscriptions are disseminated in his canvases” says Jean-Louis Prat. He also was one of the representatives of Surrealist movement which influence was significant on the 20th century. Joan Miró’s contribution to Surrealism was particularly fruitful between 1925 and 1927. When André Breton published his manifesto in 1924, Joan Miró was living in Paris and had, among his friends, several poets. As a result, he started to include the movement’s new ideas in his artistic creation.

Joan Miró 2018 restrospective at the Grand Palais

Joan Miró restrospective at the Grand Palais, 2018-2019 © Art-Trope

The life urge of the present being

The scenography in 16 steps presented by the Grand Palais shines a light on a singular aspect of the Catalan Artist’s personality. Indeed, there is in Miró a sharp sense of observation of the present being. The visitor can easily experience the softness of Joan Miró’s perspective on the world and his contemporaries. That’s what Jean-Louis Prat emphasizes: “There was in Joan Miró a sharp habit of interrogating the present being, fully living it for himself and with others. I hope the audience will be present to share because sharing Miró’s dreams is sharing hope and sharing hope is believing there is always something interesting in the time we live in.” The Artist passed away in 1983 leaving behind him a significant artistic legacy that goes beyond painting. The Grand Palais honors him in this retrospective.

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