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.
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.
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.
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)