Joan Miró: Surrealist constellations at the Grand Palais
#PARIS It’s at the Grand Palais that there is currently a large and extensive exhibition dedicated to the painter Joan Miró. A retrospective that brings together about 150 works by the Catalan master on several floors.
Mirò settled in the 1920s in Paris, rue Blomet, where he met many artists, poets and writers. He participated in his first surrealist exhibition in 1925 before exploring other languages and other plastic experiments. To move from room to room, we discover, like breaths, photos that highlight this proximity, especially Aragon or André Breton. During the Spanish Civil War, he stayed in Paris and embarked on a new realism, with a central piece “Le Faucheur en 1937” before returning to Spain from 1940 to 1955. It was during this period that he designed the 23 constellations and produced his first sculptures and ceramics. He produced until his death in Palma de Mallorca in 1983, where he had been living since the 1950s, including his great triptychs and the “Labyrinth”, without however stopping travelling, to Japan or the United States.
In each room and for each period, the scenography is introduced by very detailed texts (“The color of my dreams through Cubism“, “The Surrealism“, “The constellations“, “The Ceramics“, “The Blues I, II and III” “The Ultimate Work“), the lighting is very well controlled and the different climates allow the light to highlight each painting of the painter. Faced with superb canvases, our minds escape from the beauty and technical mastery of Joan Miró. Her colours and precision are, in these vast spaces, like a constellation (without pun intended) of poetic works where women, birds are the central characters of these visual romances, up to the sculptures, and her series “Les bleus I, II, III” which complete the meticulous work of the exhibition curators. Finally, “The Ultimate Work”, in the last room, seems to speak of Joan Miró, as a self-portrait, he who is insatiable, will always be looking for new knowledge, new experiences. His latest paintings evoke a closeness of thought and visions with a certain Cy Twombly and take us even further between poetry and mythology.
From October 3 to February 4, 2019
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower
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