Ultimate Miró (1963-1983): The experience of seeing

4 october, 2013 - 28 june, 2015

This show focuses on the painting and sculpture produced by the artist in the last period of his life, when he approached his work with the desire to further exploit the capabilities of the plastic language he had constructed during the central years of the Paris avant-garde. At this stage in his career he worked with a sense of total freedom and a full command of the means of expression.

The chronological vision offered by this exhibition begins in the 1960s. This period starts when Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893- Palma de Mallorca, 1983), who had been going through a period of certain pictorial inactivity, had the opportunity to witness a public review of his career, thanks to the 1959 monographic exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the first large retrospective held by Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris in early 1962. This public review took place in parallel with a private examination the artist did of his production, starting in 1956, when he was able to bring together all of his work at Son Abrines, the workshop/home he built in Mallorca. Thanks to this new space, designed by his friend the architect Josep Lluis Sert, Miró could physically confront works of his that had been in storage since the war.

Thus began a period of artistic introspection and purification of his entire previous trajectory. This led to a new stage in which his creative universe came to reflect, paradoxically, the greatest simplification and maximum meaning, the foundations of which were heightened consciousness of the act of creation.

The renewal of his painting took material form in how he worked with backgrounds and media, and in the enrichment of his language of visual signs, experimenting with large formats, and underlining the possibilities of the gesture and the qualities of the material. His first impulse was one of meditation and a return to pictorial emptiness in 1961, and he subsequently turned to a painting that integrated the concepts of action, engagement and risk. Canvases of open space, using fluid and energetic touches, linked to the cosmos, and works with a predominance of human symbology.

In sculpture Miró returned to the concepts of collage and assemblage of objects, which he had developed in the 1920s and 30s, to create, now in the 1960s, bronze sculptures. His aim was to use found objects as a point of departure for the invention of sculptural forms, similar to the way in which accidental spots on paper became a basis for his painting.

Related publication:
Miró. The Experience of Seeing

Exhibition´s details

Organized by: 
Museo Reina Sofía and Seattle Art Museum
Carmen Fernández Aparicio and Belén Galán Martín
Exhibition Tour: 

Sala Valentín Palencia (Catedral de Burgos): October 4, 2013 - January 8, 2014 
Seattle Art Museum: February 13 - May 25, 2014 
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University: September 14, 2014 - February 22, 2015 
Denver Art Museum: March 22 - June 28, 2015 
McNay Art Museum: September 30, 2015 – January 10, 2016    
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires: October 24, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Museo Arte de Lima, MALI: March 22, 2017 - Juny 24, 2018