Visitors will have the opportunity to see the paintings “Woman and Birds” (1969), “Painting” (1971-1973) and “Head, Bird” (1976).
After Rome, Berlin, Dublin, Brussels, Paris and New Delhi, Athens is the next stop of the successful international exhibition tour of works by the Spanish artist Miró.
The renewed selection of paintings and sculptures by the Spanish artist was launched last night at the Cervantes Institute of Athens from the embassy of Spain in Greece, in the context of the Spanish presidency of the EU and will be hosted until July 27.
Also hosted are photographs by Joaquim Gomis that show Miró’s creative process and come from the Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya (National Archives of Catalonia).
Through works from the last period of Miró’s creative career, the exhibition will allow visitors to experience how the artist worked and established his own languagewhich he gradually perfected throughout his career.
In particular, visitors to the exhibition have the opportunity to see the paintings “Woman and Birds” (1969), “Painting” (1971-1973) and “Head, Bird” (1976) from the collections of the Joan Miró Foundation.
All three works come from the last period of the artist’s creative career, during which he combined denser compositions that tended to occupy the entire visual surface with simpler, more figurative and poetic ones. According to Véronique Dupas, the curator of the exhibition and responsible for writing the text of the accompanying publication, “despite their differences from a formal point of view, the three paintings in the exhibition share the use of a color scale, limited to primary colors and accompanied from black, which acquires a structural function”.
The careful selection for Miró Universe also includes the sculptures “Woman” (1966) and “Figure» (1968) from the collections of the Joan Miró Foundation. These were created in the 1960s, when Miró embarked on a course of ambitious sculptural production associated with the objet trouvé, or, in other words, the found object.
As Dupas points out, “the artist drew inspiration from all kinds of materials he picked up randomly from nature during his walks, as well as from objects made by human hands, which he collected in his workshops.”
In addition, Miró Universe presents a selection of photographs documenting the artist’s creative processes and working environments. The snapshots come from Joaquim Gomis (Barcelona, 1902-1991), an art supporter and great friend of Juan Miró, who photographed the artist’s work and creative environment throughout his career. Gomis was the first president of the Board of Directors of the Joan Miró Foundation, which, at the behest of his heirs, manages and disseminates his photographic archive kept on long-term loan at the Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya.
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