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Miro at THE SCHIRN


csm_Schirn_Presse_JoanMiro_Ausstellungsansicht_6_abc102267cJOAN MIRÓ. PAINTING WALLS, PAINTING WORLDS

WITH A FOCUSED SOLO EXHI­BI­TION, THE SCHIRN PRESENTS A PREVI­OUSLY LITTLE-DISCUSSED ASPECT OF THE CATALAN ARTIST’S WORK: MIRÓ’S PREF­ER­ENCE FOR LARGE-SCALE FORMATS AND HIS FASCI­NA­TION WITH THE WALL.

Joan Miró (1893–1983) once famously declared that he wanted to assas­si­nate painting. Today he is recog­nized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. With a focused solo exhi­bi­tion, the SCHIRN presents a previ­ously little-discussed aspect of the Catalan artist’s work: Miró’s pref­er­ence for large-scale formats and his fasci­na­tion with the wall. From early on, the wall was the starting point for his painting – the wall as an object to be depicted, and which at the same time would deter­mine the phys­ical and tactile quality of his painting. Miró distanced himself from the simple repro­duc­tion of reality and equated the picture plane with the wall. By using different colored grounds, coarse burlap, Masonite (hard­board), sand­paper and tarpaper, he created unique visual worlds of monu­mental dimen­sions and outstanding mate­ri­ality. The exhi­bi­tion covers over half a century of Miró’s oeuvre, begin­ning with his emblem­atic painting “The Farm” (1921/22), and contin­uing with his iconic dream paint­ings of the 1920s, his key work “Painting (The Magic of Color)” from 1930, his works and frieze formats painted on uncon­ven­tional grounds in the 1940s and 1950s, to the bril­liant late works such as the monu­mental trip­tych “Blue I–III” (1961) and the extra­or­di­nary “Paint­ings I–III” (1973). With this exhi­bi­tion, whichincludes around 50 works of art from promi­nent museums world­wide, such as the National Gallery of Art, Wash­ington DC, the Solomon R. Guggen­heim Museum, New York, the Museo Reina Sofía Madrid and the Centre Pompidou, Paris as well as impor­tant private collec­tions, the SCHIRN opens up an entirely new approach to Miró’s art.

An exhi­bi­tion in coop­er­a­tion with Kunsthaus Zurich.

http://www.schirn.de/en/exhibitions/2016/joan_miro/