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Joan Miró, step by step

  • Miró Foundation in Barcelona © Turespaña

    Miró Foundation in Barcelona © Turespaña

  • Joan Miró room in the Reina Sofía National Art Centre © Turespaña

    Joan Miró room in the Reina Sofía National Art Centre © Turespaña

  • Mural of Madrid Conference Centre © Turespaña

    Mural of Madrid Conference Centre © Turespaña

  • Joan Miró Park in Barcelona © Toniflap

    Joan Miró Park in Barcelona © Toniflap

  
  


"'I paint as if I were walking in the street. I collect a pearl or a crust of bread; what I find around is what I offer.'  Joan Miró used these words to sum up the way he conceived art. ..."

'I paint as if I were walking in the street. I collect a pearl or a crust of bread; what I find around is what I offer.'  Joan Miró used these words to sum up the way he conceived art. We follow him through the Spanish streets he walked through during his ninety years of life, paths that led him from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca, passing through Mont-roig and Madrid. We offer a journey in search of his artistic legacy, a route packed with emotions that will remain fixed in your memory.

Barcelona, first steps

The Catalan capital is the city where he was born in 1893. It is also where he trained and presented his first individual exhibition. Upon landing at Barcelona-El Prat Airport, you'll come across your first brushstrokes by the artist, the grandiose ceramic mural he produced for Terminal 2.

Once you’re settled in Barcelona, take a stroll around Joan Miró Park, also known as the Parc de l’Escorxador (Slaughterhouse Park).  Among pines, oaks and palms, its almost 5 hectares are dedicated to the Catalan painter. Make a stop at 'Mujer y Pájaro' (Woman with Bird'), an impressive 20-metre tall sculpture which Miró himself donated to his native city. You might also visit the Joan Miró Public Library, just at the other end of the park, an inviting place surrounded by water channels. And don’t forget to take a walk along Las Ramblas, one of the best-known points in Barcelona, to admire the Pla de l’Os pavement mosaic.

After this pleasant walk, you’ll come to one of the highlights of your visit, the Joan Miró Foundation in Montjüic Park. Created by the artist himself in 1975, it has a permanent exhibition made up of 10,000 pieces signed by the artist and many more by other renowned names in the art world. Take a close-up look at the highly impressive 'El oro del azur' ('The Gold of the Azure') or 'Estrella matinal' ('The Morning Star'). 

A final tip before you change your destination: visit the cemetery at Montjüic, with sea views, where the painter’s remains rest.

Mont-roig del Camp, a stop-off on the way

'All of my work is conceived in Mont-riog', the artist came to realise when, in 1911, he became ill with typhoid fever and travelled to this small town in the Tarragona region to recover. There he stayed in a farmhouse belonging to his parents. He was so influenced by his stay there that one of his first works, entitled precisely 'La masía' (The Farm') was inspired by this place, its natural beauty and its landscapes.

If you would like to discover what Joan Miró felt in Mont-roig, don’t miss the opportunity to visit this town just 120 kilometres from the city of Barcelona. The hermitage of La Mare de Déu de la Roca, the chapel of Sant Ramon and its 12 kilometres of beach await you. And of course, the Miró Centre, which houses the collection of paintings associated with this location that the Catalan artist produced.

Palma de Mallorca, his workshop

In 1956, Joan Miró moved permanently to Palma. There he spent his later years, married Pilar Juncosa and died in 1983. You mustn’t miss the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation, which includes the workshop he had always imagined and that he ordered to be built on the island. The foundation building was designed by Rafael Moneo and houses over 6,000 of the Catalan artist’s works. If you decide to go in summer, don’t forget that concerts are held in its gardens.

And take advantage of your time in Parma to visit some of its most iconic monuments, such as the Cathedral and Bellver Castle, as well as the Juan March Foundation or Es Baluard, which also exhibit Joan Miró works. Did you know that you can stay at the first and only themed hotel dedicated to the artist? It’s the Hotel Joan Miró Museum. Both its rooms and its common areas are decorated with works by the painter.

Madrid, last stop

The final stop on this journey takes you to Madrid. A must-see is the Reina Sofía National Art Museum, where you can admire works such as 'La sonrisa de las alas flameantes' ('The Smile of the Flamboyant Wings'), 'Siurana, el camino' ('Siurana, the Path'); 'Femme, Oiseau, Étolie (Homenatge a Pablo Picasso)' ('Woman, Bird and Star (Homage to Picasso)' and 'Hombre con pipa' ('Man with a Pipe'), among others. You should also stop off at the Miró exhibition at the Mapfre Foundation, paying homage to the artist with 65 of his works. As your final step on this journey, check out the Madrid Conference Centre - its main façade proudly displays a mural designed by Miró.

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