The major part of this collection was donated to the Foundation by Joan Miró himself. Other pieces have come from the collections owned by Pilar Juncosa, the artist's wife, and Joan Prats, his close friend and the driving force behind the idea of setting up the Foundation. There have been subsequent donations by Marguerite and Aimé Maeght, Pierre Matisse, Manuel de Muga, Josep Lluís Sert, Francesc Farreras, Josep Royo, Gérald Cramer and David Fernández Miró, grandson of the artist.
An equally valuable part of the Foundation's holdings consists of the works on loan, mainly from members of the Miró family and from the Gallery K. AG founded by Kazumasa Katsuta.
In addition to the works by Joan Miró, the Foundation also has a small collection of contemporary art formed as a tribute to Miró in the year after his death. It consists of gifts and long-term loans of paintings, sculptures, photographs and objects by leading artists including Pierre Alechinsky, Balthus, Anthony Caro, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Julio González, Wifredo Lam, Fernand Léger, André Masson, Henry Moore, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Antonio Saura, Yves Tanguy and Antoni Tàpies.
Also worthy of note are the collection of prints by contemporary artists donated by Aimé Maeght in 1976 and other gifts by different artists, among them Andreu Alfaro, Eduardo Chillida and Moisès Villèlia. Two works by Alexander Calder occupy a particularly important place: Hunchback
, the gift of Josep Lluís Sert, and the Mercury fountain
, originally installed in the Spanish Republic's pavilion at the World's Fair in Paris in 1937, which was donated to the Foundation by Calder himself as a mark of his friendship with Joan Miró.
Joan Miró Foundation
The Foundation building was designed by Josep Lluís Sert, an architect and a close friend of Joan Miró. It was built on land provided by the City Council in the Parc de Montjuïc.
Towards the end of the 1960s, Sert and Miró began working on the idea of a "Miró Museum" on the site. From the outset, the Foundation was designed in accordance with the principles of Rationalist architecture, with different spaces set around a central patio in the traditional Mediterranean style and with Sert's characteristic skylights. Designed to house the Miró collection, more than thirty years after it was opened the building has also demonstrated its capacity and adaptability for displaying the work of other artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and continues to be an emblematic example of contemporary architecture.
In 1988 it was enlarged so as to gain more exhibition space, provide room for new services and relocate the offices. The extension was designed by Jaume Freixa, a friend and pupil of Sert.
General admission: 10 / 7 EUR
Temporary exhibitions: 7 / 5 EUR
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