Miró. His Most Intimate Legacy

Temporary exhibitions

Curated by
Marko Daniel along with Elena Escolar and Dolors Rodríguez Roig

Miró. His Most Intimate Legacy opens the door to a more personal view of Joan Miró - the man who, over the years and whenever circumstances permitted, made a point of setting aside pieces, drawings and sketches that would enable him to keep an emotional connection with his work and would serve as means for him to review his career and artistic development.

This practice extended to the pieces reserved for his wife Pilar Juncosa («appartenant à Pilar») and his daughter Dolors Miró («appartenant à Mlle. Dolores Miró»), both of whom, in turn, became collectors. As the years went by, the artist's affection and generosity towards the two of them included his grandchildren, who also received pieces as gifts from Joan Miró.

The exhibition showcases close to 180 pieces, about 80 of which are by Joan Miró, and are part of the works from the new deposit of 59 pieces made by the Miró family to the Fundació, together with works from the collections that Pilar Juncosa, Dolors Miró Juncosa and the rest of the family have donated or loaned to the Fundació. The works exhibited cover virtually the entire career of the artist, from 1910 - when the artist was 17 years old - to 1976. His preparatory drawings, previously unpublished documents and family photographs also included in the exhibition allow the viewer to follow the path from the point when Miró first put together a collection of his own - eventually extended to this family as well -  to the time when he sought to make his thinking and his legacy accessible to all by creating the Fundació Joan Miró, a unique space and collection that the artist donated to the city of Barcelona.

The exhibition invites us to imagine the connections between the pieces on display and the personal, cultural and historical moments in the twentieth century to which Joan Miró, his wife Pilar Juncosa and their daughter Dolors Miró bore witness.

Miró. His Most Intimate Legacy, also highlights the key role played by Pilar Juncosa and Dolors Miró in the preservation and transmission of the artist's legacy and pays tribute to the whole Miró family who, with their generosity, have helped to build the collection, the most important public lesson in the world of Joan Miró's work.

The public and educational programming related to the exhibition Miró. His Most Intimate Legacy offers a series of proposals for all publics, including visits, activities and workshops, both in person and online. These activities are centred around two fundamental concepts: on the one hand, Miró's facet as a collector, which is considered from a broad perspective; and, on the other hand, the contemporary relevance of his pictorial proposals. Miró's painting is an open concept that questions representation, the notions of figure and ground and the very medium of painting itself.

Participatory Space 

Entitled From Home to the World, the participatory space is divided into a number of sections: a reading corner, a play area and a spot for creating poems with others. At weekends and during public holidays, the room will be buzzing with an activity to create postcards.

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Catalog Miró. His Most Intimate Legacy

Catalog of the exhibition Miró. His Most Intimate Legacy, curated by Marko Daniel with Elena Escolar and Dolors Rodriguez Roig, at the Fundació Joan Miró.
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In collaboration with:

  • Fundació Banc Sabadell

Related Activities

Miró's Contemporary music

Performance of a repertoire of pieces of music from Miró’s era, to be given in the permanent collection rooms by various instrumental ensembles consisting of pupils at the ESMUC, coordinated by David Albet.

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Of Flesh and Blood

Workshop for families with blanca arias, organised as part of the LGTBI Museums programme.

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Let's transform an image

Have you ever altered an image you liked by painting or drawing on it, cutting it out or sticking bits of paper to it? Miró painted on works depicting landscapes created by other people. We invite you to give a new form to pictures on paper that you find at home in an activity associated with the exhibition Miró. His Most Intimate Legacy, taking as the basis for this exercise the work Personatge a la sortida del sol al costat d’un riu (Figure at Sunrise next to a River, 10 July 1965).

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Miró. His Most Intimate Legacy

The tours for people with impaired vision consist of a visit with commentary consisting of audio descriptions and relief images of the works, as well as a reading of ’Miró’s words’ in interviews or letters that he sent to his family.

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