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“Rare to see so much of Miro's art”
Review of Fundacio Joan Miro

Fundacio Joan Miro
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Ranked #55 of 753 things to do in Barcelona
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Fundació Joan Miró was created by Miró himself, at first principally with works from his own private collection, with a desire to set up an internationally recognised centre in Barcelona for Miró scholarship and contemporary art research, and to disseminate the collection. The Fundació opened to the public on 10 June 1975 and has since become a dynamic centre in which Joan Miró's work coexists with cutting-edge contemporary art. With an interdisciplinary approach, the Fundació organises temporary exhibitions of 20th and 21st century artists as well as academic activities and projects in collaboration with other institutions and organisations. Through its exhibition and educational programmes, the Fundació Joan Miró explores lines of research linked to the work of Miró and to contemporary art. The Fundació is located in a building designed by Josep Lluís Sert, making it one of the few museums anywhere in the world in which the complicity between artist and architect underpins the dialogue between the works and the space that houses them. The Fundació offers an overview of the landscapes of Joan Miró's art and life, creating an enriching dialogue with other artists from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 6, 2013

We came here with our 2 year old. The museum staff allowed him to rearrange sofa cushions and touch the sculptures. Both big no no's in the States. They oo'd and aahh'd over everything he said. I guess that's the European way of encouraging a love of art? The collection is expansive. It's a bit out of the way, but definitely worth the trip even if you are not familiar with Miro's work. But then, who doesn't love his colorful, whimsical creations?

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

I tend to view some -- not all -- modern art as a colossal joke. Miro's work usually struck me as enigmatic, intriguing and a bit mysterious. However, having visited this extensive collection, I have gained a much better impression of his genius ---- or perhaps craziness --- or possibly showmanship. As other TA reviews point out, you may find this museum either fascinating or a waste of time.

Be sure to use the audio guide, otherwise you may not appreciate what you're seeing. The order of the works with the guide are not entirely in sequence --- best to just push the audio # when you see it listed on the title plaques on the wall. (And note the "O" and "K" on the audio have the 40s numbers).

Most of the collection is reasonably organized, starting with huge, fascinating tapestries done late in life, then some sculpture examples, then galleries that progress from his very early representative work in ~1915-1920, then to abstract stages in the 30s, 40s and 60s, giving an idea how his style evolved. Oddly, when you get to the last gallery on the 2nd floor, works from different periods are all mixed together.

I was surprised to find he had dabbled in cubism and in abstract style evoking Picasso, et al. However, Miro essentially developed his own "language" paring down objects to extremely basic representations. Once you know how to interpret his vocabulary, then you realize what all those little squiggles and blobs mean -- or at least what they might mean. I think he intentionally didn't want many of his works to "mean" anything.

Seeing so many works in one place gave me a much better glimpse of Miro's mind and imagery. He seems to have had a neurotic fascination with women, stars, birds, moon --- using them over, and over, and over and over ......... and managed to make each work using these repetitive themes seem fresh and unexpected.

The building is designed well to show off his works without itself becoming intrusive. The view from the roof is worth a look, although I thought the few sculptures there were not his best work. The cafe is pleasant with a limited menu -- nothing special.

Also not to be missed -- Caldor's Mercury Fountain, a mobile using real (poisonous) liquid mercury metal instead of water.

The location of the museum on Montjuic is perfect. You could spend a whole day just in this park. It is easy to get to by bus or using the funcular (cable car) from the Paral'lel metro station.

Thank IQ140
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Great place to learn about this great spanish artist. My wife had never heard of him, but thoroughly enjoyed our visit at the top of Parc Mont Juic.

Thank tfizzle
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Among the most valuable collections of Modernism in Barcelona, the Joan Miro Foundation is housed in a building that is an interesting work of museum architecture in its own right. If you enjoy 20th century art, don't miss this museum. It's an overall experience: the collection, the gift shop, the café, the magnificent views over Barcelona. And if you have more time, you can combine your visit to the museum with sight seeing the rest of the attractions on Montjuic: start at the top working your way downhill (on foot it's quite a hike, but if you are short of breath or time you can always opt for the bus): the castle, the Miro foundation, the Olympic venues, the exhibition buildings at the bottom of the hill, finishing at the historic Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe.

Thank RexTsatsaroglou
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

An almost overwhelming collection of Miro's work at this beautiful museum overlooking the city. The view is astonishing, the art stunning and the building lovely. Rent the audio tour, but use it only for select pieces or you will be there all day.

Thank WellTravelled070
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