Fundacio Joan Miro
Located on the mountain of Montjuic, the Joan Miro foundation pays homage to another of Spain’s most heralded artists. Housed within fresh white walls and endless glass windows overlooking Barcelona is a fantastic collection of his work, which, like the Picasso exhibit, spans his entire career. Montjuic itself is worth a visit both for the views and Montjuic castle, the site of much Catalan history. The entrance of the exhibit is home to the famous Mercury Fountain by Alexander Calde, created in 1937 for the Spanish Pavilion at the Paris World Fair. One is then led into an enormous room filled with Miro’s 1970s tapestries, one of which is made up almost entirely of umbrellas. Portraits of Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, Roland Penrose, Julio Gonzalez and, of course, Miro himself adorn the walls of one room, while others are dedicated to work by Fernand Leger. Early Miro works, such as his Impressionist paintings, are lined up with his wood-paintings of the 1920s and the very famous and readily-recognizable work of the 1950s, such as “The Diamond Smiles at Midnight”. After viewing his massive, bold blocks of colour painted in the 1970s, head to an outside terrace where Miro’s often bizarre but quite fascinating sculptures perch amid views across the city and the ocean. The panoramic scene across Barcelona is itself worth the visit and, if you’re particularly brave, hop on the cable car back down across the edge of the ocean into the harbour.
Image: by fiona bird