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.
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