Miró Foundation: 8 More Reasons To Love Barcelona Art

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My date at the Miró Foundation

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By Nancy Todd

I am an Incurable Museum Geek. When I get to a new city, the first thing I do is check out the museums. The Miró Foundation is yet another salute to Barcelona art. Color plates in art books were my main experience of Miró. When I saw his large canvases in real life with their radiant colors, they dazzled.  I don’t understand his work.  I just know I am inspired .

Miró was born in Barcelona, went to Paris in the early 1900s and was part of that swirling energy of new thought. When he returned to Spain, due to his outspoken opposition of Nazi-Fascist-Catholic Church Franco, Miró chose to live on the island of Mallorca where he was safer and life was a little easier. Here are seven reasons to put the Miró Foundation on your museum list.

1. Located on the mountain of Montjuïc, the architecturally interesting Miró Foundation was designed by Miro’s friend, Josep Lluis Sert, and  its walls shroud 300 paintings and 150 sculptures.

2. See nine textiles resembling  the 60s in color and style. Not my favorite pieces and they are large which speaks to his new large studio on Mallorca.

3. If that is not enough, peruse 8,000 drawings, letters, and manuscripts. I was intrigued by small papers, some ripped out of a spiral notebook, little doodles and notes.

Miró Foundation in Barcelona, Spain

4. Look at long-range views that show Barcelona and its mountains.

5. Shop: one museum store has gifts, the other prints and books. Want to buy a Miró print?  This is your place.

6. Eat in the light-filled cafe, complete with cozy garden terrace.

Sculptures in the museum

7. Conduct research at the library, open to the public, has thousands of art books, magazines, and journals in several languages.  The librarian smiles and is very happy to serve you.

8. Pose for pics with the outdoor sculptures.

Get there:

Web- http://www.fundaciomiro-bcn.org/

Address- Parc de Montjuïc s/n, 08038 Barcelona – Tel +34 934 439 470

Opening times –

Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 – 19.00
(October – June)
Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 – 20.00
(July – September)
Thursdays, 10.00 – 21.00
Sundays and public holidays,
10.00 – 15.00
Closed on Mondays (except public holidays)

5 Responses

  1. Melissa Todd says:

    I haven’t hit up enough museums on my trips to Barcelona. The Miro museum is now on my list for my next visit.

  2. admin says:

    Melissa, Come back to Barcelona. The door is open and we will cover as many of Barcelona’s 70 museums as we can! Nancy

  3. Ron Berliant says:

    Does the Miro Foundation gift shop still sell the Miro dinner plates? If so, how can I purchase some?

  4. admin says:

    I’d get in contact with the museum store directly. Send them an email, or better yet, call. You never know if an email will get answered……I’d wait until after the 1st, too, when people will be back in ‘work mode’. Good luck!

  5. anna Noelle says:

    Hi, if you need something from the bookshop you csn contact them directly to
    Bookshop@fmirobcn.org or info mail: info@fmirobcn.org
    Thanks for your comments and for your post!!

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