Miró dreamt of a large studio. At one point or another, all artists have dreamt of a large studio – a creative space that would enable them to build their utterly personal microcosm. Coinciding with the exhibition Shared Studios. Three Case Studies, which explores the experiences and affinities of artists working in the same space, we wanted to look back at one of Miró’s first studios, in the Paris of the 1920s, at 45 Rue Blomet.Continue reading Rue Blomet, a Space for Poetry
Over the past few weeks there has been a fair amount of talk about archives at the Fundació. The exhibition Miró-ADLAN. An Archive of Modernity (1932-1936) has raised our awareness of the importance of the appropriate conservation of papers and documents which may not initially strike us as particularly relevant. Drawings, postcards, notebooks, newspaper clippings, tickets to concerts or exhibitions, iconic posters, opera programmes… assorted documents such as these may not only contain memories of great sentimental value, but also constitute a legacy that can be of great interest.
Anna Ferran, who specialises in preventive conservation and paper restoration, offers us a few suggestions.Continue reading How to Preserve Our Memories
Coinciding with the presentation of the Miró – ADLAN. An Archive of Modernity (1932-1936) exhibition at the Fundació Joan Miró, we are publishing the following interview with Teresa Montaner, the head of collections who is also responsible for the Fundació’s archive.Continue reading The Fundació Joan Miró Archive: Awareness of and Responsibility for a Legacy
Museums collect and exhibit the most familiar side of artists, their works of art. In their effort to make them known, however, certain anecdotes are often lost, many of which will only come to be revealed by chance or through the tenacity of someone with a curious, analytical approach. Pedro Azara, architect and Professor of Aesthetics at the Barcelona School of Architecture, has uncovered a facet of Miró’s personality, of his way of approaching things and of relating with his friends, revealed in the determined coherence of a gesture.Continue reading Letters that matter
Throughout lockdown and the period of the “new normal,” we have been able to explore new settings for art and for our ways of relating to each other. We have upended the boundaries between the public and the private, between the analogue and the virtual, between exhibitions and political statements. Reflecting on the crisis generated by the pandemic, writer, social educator and activist Amadeu Carbó explores the possibilities of new, increasingly democratized and democratizing spaces for culture and art.Continue reading From the New Normal to the New Reality
Aside from a major health crisis, Covid-19 has brought about a socio-economic and cultural shakeup that has raised questions about the viability of many projects and driven us to make decisions that are necessary to face the challenges of the future.
The ongoing barrage of online resources and contents has only precipitated an upcoming trend: the blurring of boundaries between domestic and public space. Co-workers and fellow students have slipped into our homes through our screens, and our options for entertainment and learning have expanded beyond their previous physical boundaries. Museums, art centres, auditoriums and theatres are no exception: even while they were closed, cultural venues opened up and revealed their inner workings. Now the challenge will be to offer a differential value between physical spaces and digital channels.Continue reading The Miró, Available to All
In the framework of the exhibition You Don’t Hear Me by Nalini Malani, recently nominated for the Global Fine Arts Award 2020, the Fundació Joan Miró wants to expand the thought and the social and political sensitivity of the artist to our current context.
The biographies that follow, adapted by the editor and writer Francisco Llorca, correspond to women or groups that, through their commitment or activism, have contributed to creating awareness in other people, communities or society.Continue reading If More Attention Were Paid to Female Thought
Joan Miró was committed to his times and his country, as he proved in his speech when he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Barcelona on 2 October, 1979.
Miró spoke of a “human approach” which is innate to all artists, binding them to society with a sense of their responsibility as citizens and driving them to create with the aim of “serving all men”. As proof of this claim, Miró created numerous posters throughout his life, seeking to have his voice be that of a community. In the streets, his posters became public action and broke the boundaries of authorship to become expressions of social engagement.
Some of these posters, which synthesize causes and projects to which Miró was committed, now allow us to illustrate his speech from 1979. Both the posters and the speech have been sources of inspiration for the “What are your causes?” workshop organized by the Fundació Joan Miró as part of the Open City Thinking Biennale.Continue reading Civic responsibility of the artist