Joan Miró is one of the most representative artists of Spain. The foundation that bears his name and that houses over 14,000 pieces came from the idea of the painter in 1968, who wanted a space that functioned as a key element in gaining access to and getting to know the contemporary art trends, and ensure that their works were readily accessible to the public.

The Foundation was established in 1975, giving impetus to a new concept of museum, with more movement, being more faithful to the concerns expressed by the artists in Barcelona at that time. The permanent exhibition is organized into nine areas, each devoted to a period of Miró’s art. Thus, it is possible to see sections devoted to ceramics, tapestries, sculpture, painting, among others.

This space is located in Montjuïc, in a building which was designed by the architect Josep Lluis Sert, a friend of Miró. Sert, who also carried the indomitable spirit of those leading the change in his blood, rethought the concept of the museum, posing it as an open space, with large terraces and courtyards that allowed an easy movement. This space can be recognized in wonderful movies like Vicky Cristina Barcelona, directed by Woody Allen, which includes scenes shot in the exciting Joan Miró Foundation.

In this area of Barcelona, which offers a wide variety of entertainment options is not easy to find accommodation, so it is possible to stay in temporary apartments in the surrounding areas.

As mentioned above, the collection of Joan Miró Foundation includes more than fourteen thousand pieces pieces: 217 paintings, 178 sculptures, 9 textiles, 4 ceramics, virtually all of the graphic works of Miró and about ten thousand drawings. Most of this fund was donated by the artist himself. Other works from the collection of his wife, Pilar Juncosa and Joan Prats, his close friend. Other donations critical to the diversity of the Foundation are the Marguerite and Aimé Maeght, Pierre Matisse, Manuel de Muga, Josep Lluis Sert, Francesc Farreras, Josep Royo, Gérald Cramer, among others.

The Foundation also has a collection of contemporary art, created in homage to Miro a year after his death. The grants comprise paintings, sculptures, photographs and objects of prolific artists such as 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, Antoni Tapies and Yves Tanguy.

If you are interested in this note, you may wish art galleries in Barcelona: an unforgettable ride on your visit.

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