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.
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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.
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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.
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If when arriving at the Barcelona airport you look with surprise at the great mural by Miró; if when walking through the Eixample district you come across the grandeur of Woman and Bird and you think that Miró, inspired by Gaudí, has conspired to make you look at the sky; if when going down the Rambla self-absorbed you step on a mosaic that distracts you from your thoughts; if when going up to Montjuïc you see the silhouette of the Foundation and you feel that something balances and fits inside you; if all this happens to you, then perhaps the seed of Miró’s generosity is beginning to bear fruit.
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For the last four years, Serafín Álvarez has been working with pupils following a baccalaureate course focusing on the arts to give them insights into contemporary art by introducing them to professional working processes and by encouraging critical thinking about artistic creation. This academic year, the pandemic has disrupted everything.
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In the midst of uncertainty, myths allow us to delve into the incomprehensible, put time on hold, observe the world from a new perspective and, from that timelessness, try to give shape to the invisible. In this post, on the occasion of the Fundació Joan Miró’s reopening and the presentation of the Nalini Malani exhibition to the public, artist and storyteller Michael Gadish brings us to the concept of the myth via the Indian tradition. Gadish combines research on Sanskrit and Hebrew, mythology, religion, and art and, since 2015, has been organizing performances focused on the sacred writings of India.
Continue reading The Language of the Invisible