What do artists need to work under good enough conditions? A place where they can develop their work without (too many) strictures? A room of their own? Enric Farrés Duran and Xavier Ristol are projecting their dream studio with features that are both physical and intangible, for the exhibition Shared Studios. Three Case Studies. A specific kind of light, an environment, a mental space where all sorts of random encounters may occur.Continue reading I Dream of A Large Studio
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
There is a lot of talk these days about inclusion and social transformation –also, and increasingly so, in the art world. The Fundació Joan Miró, as part of the “la Caixa” Art for Change program, has offered the Ssssoundssss exhibition, the final outcome of a project produced in collaboration with artist Laura Llanelli and two occupational centres run by Asproseat, a wonderful opportunity to bring art to a real, diverse public. Núria Plasència, a psychologist with an MA in counselling who works at the La Marina and 1981 occupational centres run by Fundació Asproseat’s Day Services, gives us a first-hand account of that experience.Continue reading Art for everyone
Mont-roig is a small village in rural Tarragona that played a decisive role in the course of Joan Miró’s life and work. In this text, the Fundació’s curator Elena Escolar offers us a slow-motion description of Mont-roig, the Church and the Village, painted in 1919 and presented in the special Catalan art section of the thirteenth Salon d’Automne in Paris, in 1920, almost one hundred years ago. To grasp Joan Miró’s intangible universe, it is essential to have a sense and an understanding of the landscape and the land itself in Mont-roig.Continue reading Mont-roig, Understanding the Landscape
Pedro Strukelj, an Argentine-Mexican living in Barcelona, is an illustrator, architect, and cultural manager. He defines himself as a chronicler of cultural experiences. This illustrated chronicle is his account as a witness to the recently completed process of preventive conservation for the Tapestry of the Fundació. His palette is a colour map that suggests a faraway land –that of his Latin American roots, which, as in Miró, connect us with a world where the tradition of craftsmanship is deeply respected.Continue reading Illustrated Chronicle of the Tapestry of the Fundació
Contemporaries is the name of a photographic project coordinated by artist Serafín Álvarez, tied in with the exhibition Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain. The title highlighted the participants’ contemporary coincidence and they also shared a creative affinity: one group was made up of photographic students from Serra i Abella School of Art & Design in Hospitalet, who took the photos, and the others were visual artists who have studied for an M.A. in art production and research at Barcelona Faculty of Fine Art, in this case portrayed in the photos. The photos were exhibited at the Fundació Joan Miró between January 8th and 20th 2019. The photographs are reproduced below in the same order in which they were presented. The comments underneath are by the photographers.Continue reading Contemporaries
Lately, an unusual garden has been growing at the Fundació Joan Miró – a garden designed by the artist Pep Vidal for bees and other insect pollinators, providing them with a pace of their own, without boundaries or conditions. Inspired by this project, Vicky Benítez, a Fine Arts graduate and professional gardener, offers us a nostalgic look at a lost, denatured world, dominated by the artifice of gardens that are organized according to primarily aesthetic criteria. Vicky Benítez proposes that we tend our gardens with a full awareness that we are not tending the body, but rather the soul; and she stresses the importance of urban vegetable gardens as spaces for social cohesion where nature (both human and non-human) can grow and develop freely.Continue reading Gardens Don’t Exist; They’re An Illusion
On the occasion of the Éluard, Cramer, Miró – À toute épreuve, more than a book exhibition, Dolors R. Roig examines the creative process behind the book by Joan Miró based on a collection of poems by Paul Éluard, explaining how Miró ventured beyond illustration and how the collaborative project led to new poems. While reviewing this creative adventure, her article addresses the way in which Éluard’s and Miró’s imaginations merged.
Dolors R. Roig holds a PhD in Art History and specializes in modern and contemporary art. She is responsible for art research and programming at Galeria Mayoral and teaches at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, where she was involved in the Joan Miró: An Artist Who Defined a Century MOOC and the Miró Studies Postgraduate Diploma.Continue reading À toute épreuve and the Art of Language
The artist Antoni Hervàs received a commission from the Fundació Joan Miró to design a family workshop based on the theme of self-organization as part of the exhibition with the same title curated by Antonio Ortega, which provides an overview of DIY art practices from the 1960s until the present.
Hervàs tells us about the process of conceiving and creating the SpaceFest (La festa espacial) and the connection between the activity and self-organized practices, from the original idea to the implementation of the workshop with its participants. The SpaceFest is one of the most recent events in the line of family activities created by artists at the Fundació.Continue reading The SpaceFest
I placed the objects, the performers and the visitors at the same level, pushing the concept of uncertainty a bit further by not choosing all the performers myself, but instead openly inviting the viewers to participate and seeing what unforeseen relationships would emerge.Continue reading Responses at an exhibition
‘A piece of thread can unleash a world,’ said Miró to express that a blotch, a splash, or a point on a sheet of paper could release an entire creative universe.
In the blog we are opening today, we would also like a concept to be the point of departure for further exploring and opening up new themes that will enrich and complement the original contents.Continue reading A piece of thread can unleash a world