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.
Joan Miró Foundation
A building for Joan Miró’s work and contemporary art
The Fundació Joan Miró building was designed by architect and city planner Josep Lluís Sert, who was a close friend of Joan Miró and an exponent of avant-garde architecture in Catalonia.
With a rationalist structure and Mediterranean features -a central courtyard, roof terrace, and skylights- the Fundació Joan Miró building is undoubtedly one of Barcelona’s rationalist landmarks. But above all it is a work of art by two unique artists and one of the city’s cultural icons, a fusion of art, architecture and landscape.
In 1988 and 2000 the building was enlarged to make room for new services and increase the exhibition space. The extensions were overseen by Sert’s friend and pupil Jaume Freixa, who is the current President of the Fundació.
General admission: 12,00 / 7,00 EUR
Temporary exhibitions: 7,00 / 5,00 EUR
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