On the 126th anniversary of his birth, we want to pay a small tribute to Joan Miró, the Spanish painter, sculptor, engraver, and ceramist, considered one of the greatest representatives of Surrealism.
His works are all over the world, distributed in major museums such as the Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Pompidou Center in Paris, or the MOMA in New York City. Meanwhile, Barcelona has preserved many of them.
1. if you ever get the chance to go through "El Prat" International Airport, you will find on the facade of the airport is one of its mosaics.
It was it in 1970, along with his friend and ceramist Josep Llorens Artigas. It is a mural measuring 9 meters long and 5 meters high, covering the entrance to Terminal 2 of the airport.
2. In fact, Miró's intention was to welcome visitors to the city by any means, because if you come by boat, going up the Rambla from the port you will find the mosaic of the "Pla de l'Os", in front of the Plaza de la Boquería, one of the most emblematic works of the artist in Barcelona.
This surrealist work represents a mile marker, which is a signal that indicates the distance on a road. And being made with cement tiles and crushed glass, it survives the passage of thousands of passers-by every day.
3. The sculpture "Dona i ocell" (Woman and bird) is located in the park that was later named after the artist, Parc de Joan Miró. With a height of 22 meters, built with concrete and ceramics in 1983, it was one of the last great works of the artist, who died a few months later.
Women and nature are its main themes and both are present in this sculpture. Despite its complexity, we can distinguish the silhouette of a woman with a hat on which a bird perches.
4. The largest collection of the author's works can be found at the Joan Miró Foundation, which the artist opened in 1975 to disseminate the latest trends in contemporary art.
Here, more than 10,000 pieces are exhibited, including paintings, sculptures, tapestries, drawings, and sketches. But in addition, this avant-garde building designed by his friend Josep Lluís Sert hosts temporary exhibitions of other artists of the twentieth and twenty-first century.
And wherever you go, its geometric shapes and simple strokes in red, yellow, green or blue, will make you think of one of the most important Catalan artists in the world.