The artist Antoni Llena presents a large constellation of drawings by Joan Miró that fills an entire room in the permanent collection section. Llena’s selection, comprising 150 pieces from the Fundació’s holdings, includes drawings which are at the root of Miró’s most renowned works and others which the artist repeated for years without ever actually developing them into paintings. In the case of this constellation, Llena’s work is the selection itself.
Llena has chosen these drawings according to the aesthetic emotion they elicited in him and to the fact that he recognizes himself in the pieces. In many of them he sees the most personal, least colourful and most iconoclastic Miró. The hanging of all these drawings, set alongside two pieces by Llena, aims to display the opposing concepts that coexist in Miró’s oeuvre and seeks to fill the room creating an immersive environment. Through Llena’s eyes, viewers will experience Miró’s entire universe.
Antoni Llena, who has also often worked on paper, steers away from the historiographic narrative and reveals his affinity with Miró. At the same time, he highlights the importance of the Fundació’s drawing collection, comprising almost eight thousand pieces that are rarely shown on account of their fragility.
Antoni Llena, Et in Arcadia ego 11, mixed media, 1995. Private collection. Photo: Antoni Bernad © Antoni Llena, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2020