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“A great experience”

Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation in Mallorca
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Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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192 reviews
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“A great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

The Miro Foundation is not easy to get to. If travelling on the No 3 bus from Palma, get off at Palau Marivent (the Kings, closed, palace by the sea) & walk up Saridakis, the hill opposite. The No 50 Tourist hop-on hop-off bus and the No 46 go right past the entrance. When we finally got there, we enjoyed it so much we spent almost the whole day enjoying the place. It is not just an art gallery - but his old worshops, gardens as he cultivated them, now enhanced by his artworks, and a perfectly lovely cafe with outside chairs & tables.
It's well worth having the simple lunches offered at very reasonable prices. The kind man running the cafe (who speaks excellent English) summed it up saying, 'There's not much money in it - but it's so peaceful here'.
Joan & Pillar Miro spent the latter part of their lives here and his last studio - a masterpiece by architect Josep Lluis Sert - is left just as it was when he died. He was working on about 30 paintings simultaneously at the time and all are left as they were, along with a cabinet of items which inspired his creations.
There are also a second studio, Son Boter, up the path through the gardens. This is an 18th century traditional Mallorcan house, which contains some of his art and also lots of Miro's own graffiti, used as working drawings for his sculptures. Nearby are engraving & print studios - which were not open when we visited.
The highlight though is the main gallery, built nearby by Mallorca Council in the gardens, after Miro had bequeathed his studios and some artworks to them. Designed by Rafael Moneo & finished in 1992, this building is a world class piece of architecture. It contains many of Miro's most famous works in many different media.
It is a combination of the whole - buildings and gardens - which make this such an attractive place to visit. It would be a crime to come to Mallorca just for the seaside and miss this experience, which I'm sure adults and children alike would enjoy.

Visited February 2013
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“Culture on holiday.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

We had been to see some of Miro's work at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and were inspired to see the "home" they had come from. Fortunately it was located quite near to our hotel (Luabay Marivent) so a gentle walk was all that was needed. Well worth the effort. Easy to spend perhaps half a day here, not too expensive, helpful staff and interesting art. The lady on reception was very helpful and glad we had seen the pieces in Wakefield as they are some of the best exhibits, but there was still plenty to see.

Visited August 2012
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Nahariya, Israel
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“Homage a Miro”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

The Fundacio Miro is an absolute must-see for art lovers. Miro lived and worked here from 1956 to 1983- his large studio is here, a graffiti-filled studio nearby, and a separate beautifully curated museum of Miro's paintings, prints and sculptures is just dazzling.

Visited January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Off the beaten track but worth the trek”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

A couple of miles outside Palma, accessible by public transport and a walk up a steep hill. Based in Miro's studio-home-workshop. Masses of his work on display, inside and out. Delightful gardens - empty when we went - and interesting buildings all looking across to the sea. A great shop with a large range of high quality gifts and souvenirs and a convenient coffee shop. Very highly recommended if you want to do something different on your holiday in Mallorca.

Visited January 2013
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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“Cultural treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

This is well worth a visit if you are staying in Mallorca. Miro's wonderful art is obviously there in abundance, but this is an intelligent gallery that also takes you through his methods of working.

But there is so much more - which makes this place so special. There is the stunning modern architecture of the gallery itself, the beautiful garden, the separate studio - left as it was in Miro's day - and a house Miro bought that is daubed in graffiti by the master.

There is also a decent cafe and a shop selling Miro memorabilia.

Visited October 2012
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