Despite its location on Montjuïc and above all of the various buildings erected for the World’s Fair of 1929, the Fundació Joan Miró is not actually part of this ensemble. It was erected in the 1970s on the request of the artist himself, and was done in the rationalist style, a far cry from many of the neo-Renaissance and neo-Classical buildings found lower down the mountain. The building was designed by Sert, who also designed Miró’s Mallorca studio, and incorporates a number of traditional Catalan features, although always relying on the straight and functional lines of Modernism. The view from the top of the building (which also includes some of the collection’s pieces) allows the visitor spectacular vistas of the city and Montjuïc. The collection of the Foundation is, of course, dominated by Miró works, and they are all organized chronologically, in order to give visitors an idea of the development of the artist’s creative expression and also of his use of various different types of materials and styles. The Foundation also has a special exhibition space for young artists, and allows, from time to time, exhibitions of other artists in its temporary spaces.
This newer art museum was the brainchild of Joan Miro, of course. Joan Miro was born in 1893, and came from an average family. After nervous breakdown, he ditched normal life to get into the abstract art of cubism and fauvism, and later surreal art, mostly inspired by Cezanne and VAn Gogh. Miro died in 1983, but before that he willed a foundation to the city. The art went on display beginning in 1975, and added over the years by his pupils.
It is open daily 10-7PM but later on Thursday til 9PM, and Sunday 10-2:30 only. Entry is 8,50 Euro and the location is on Montjuic near the funicular drop off station
Joan Miro, another well known Barcelona artist, has contributed to the "feel" of Barcelona and you will find his works everywhere. In the photos here you can see first of all the tile mosaic that is found imbedded in the sidewalk of Rambla Street, difficult to see in its entirety since it is usually covered by many pedestrian feet. Keep an eye out for Miro's signature.
Second is the Joan Miro Park, just a short walk from the Espanya Metro Station, the huge brightly hued statue 'Dona i Ocell' (woman and bird) in the middle acting like a local beacon.
Also in the city hall you will find his work, like the one shown last here. It reminded me that I was in city hall where they tax you until it feels as if your heart and stomach have been cut out (as in the statue).
Joa Miro (1893 – 1983) was a famous Catalonian modernism artist. Most of his time he spent in Majorca island despite of F. Franco politics. His art is surrealism with Catalonian features (vivid colors, unusual forms).
In 1975, just after Spain got democratic form of politics building of Fundacio Joa Miro was constructed. It is a part of Barcelona’s contemporary art centre. If you go to balcony of building you could see nice panorama of Barcelona with National museum of Art.
OK, my headline reads "Don't forget your camera", because that is exactly what I did. I took the funicular to Montjuic and on my way there I realized that my digital camera wasn't in my purse anymore. I kind of freaked out the entire time on my way there thinking that my camera w/ my pictures from the past several days had been stolen. I decided to reason myself out of it so even if it were stolen I could enjoy the Juan Miro museum which is the reason I went to Montjuic in the first place.
The museum itself I thought represented a good number of his works and his range. I rather enjoyed the outdoor pieces and there happened to be another exhibit by an American artist while I was there. It was a pretty large exhibit, I thought.
What happened to my camera? After I went back to my hotel I realized I had just left it on the dresser!
Miro is a unique artist with his style. So it is easy for me to recognize his works. We spare a day trip to Montjuic to see his museum.
It is a nice white building with some flowers in the front. Also there is an almond tree at the entrance with many fresh almonds. I could hardly keep myself from picking them.
You can see many works of Miro, including his sketches. And also there is an exhibiton of strange sculptures. I liked some of them.
I admire the element mercury since I was a child. I've seen it in a since class at school and I amazed by its nearly perfect sphere drops. They were shiny and were running to each other if they were close enough.
When I was in this museum, my memories are came back and I stood there for a while. I watched how this heavy element flowing. Its wrinkled curves were not similar to anything else. If it was not prohibited to take pictures, I would record a video of the fountain.
It is a modern sculpture of Alexander Calder, designed for 1937 World Exhibition in Paris. It was a memorial for the siege of Almadén. And it is displaying here now.
The Fundació Miró was founded by the artist Joan Miró as a centre for study and experimentation in contemporary art. Although I am a bit sceptical about some modern art, especially of the unmade bed variety, I found this interesting, particularly the mercury fountain. My husband, who is even more sceptical than I, declared that one or two of the exhibits were ‘a load of old nonsense’ but even he was impressed by some of the works on display.
The Fundacio Joan Miro is a very pretty museum housed in a modern white building with wonderful views of Barcelona below. It houses an extensive collection of Miro art (he was a Catalan artist) plus works by other modern artists such as Alexander Calder. A new extension has current exhibits which are included in the price of admission. I was very impressed with the giftshop and the unusual postcards available as well as worthwhile gift items. I started my tour of Barcelona at this stop, and it really made me anxious to see much more of the city.
Dona i Ocell (Woman and bird) was created by Joan Miro who was one of the most famous Catalan Artists. This sculpture is quite typical for his works and also woman and bird is the theme he used a lot, both for sculptures and paintings.
In his museum (La Fundacion Miro) in Montjuic you can find some of his amazing works and it´s definitelly worth seeing.
Fundacio Miro is an amazing collection of Miro's most famous works including sculpture! The temporary exhibitions are also always very good they have included such artists as Picasso, Raushenburg (etc..). The museum is open Tues-Sunday 10.00-19.00 and on thursday 10.00-21.30. Ticket prices 7.50 and 4 for temporary exhibitions
This is the famous Dona i Ocell ('Woman and Bird') sculpture.
Of concrete faced with areas of colored tile, the work soars to a height of more than 72 feet, a long woman's ''body'' open like a pod, its bulbous head adorned by a cylindrical hat on which perches a cheerful yellow bird. Comparable in scale to the buildings on the park's outskirts, it dwarfs everything in its immediate vicinity, including the symmetrical rows of palm trees placed nearby. This is the only public sculpture by Miro in the city of his birth (he has done a mosaic on the Rambla, before the Opera House), it has drawn complaints about its overpowering height and gaudy appearance, but its buoyant presence gives a distinctive character to this area of Barcelona.
Joan Miró is an important painter, sculptor and ceramist. You can love or hate his work but he has done lots of them around the world, as the mural "Night and day" for the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The sculputure "Woman and bird" was made in 1982 and it's located in the Joan Miró park, next to the Spain square (Plaça d'Espanya) and Las Arenas de Barcelona. The Miró foundation is in Montjuic but we didn't visit it.
Joan Miró es un importante pintor, escultor y ceramista. Su obra puedes amarla u odiarla pero ha realizado muchísimas cosas por todo el mundo, como el mural "Noche y día" para la sede de la UNESCO en París. La escultura "Mujer y pájaro" la hizo en 1982 y se encuentra en el parque Joan Miró, junto a la Plaza de España y Las Arenas de Barcelona. La Fundación Miró está en Montjuic pero no la visitamos.
A modern gallery up on the hillside of Montjuic devoted to the works of Joan Miro, who was born and spent most of his early life in Barcelona. You can see examples of his sculptures in various places around the city but this place has a large collection of paintings, sculptures, textiles etc and is a good overview of his work. I wasn't hugely aware of his stuff before I went here but it is a kind of cross between surrealism and abstract art. All bold primary colours and a somewhat childlike style. Upstairs there is an outdoor terrace with more sculptures and great views over the city towards Tibidabo
I got here via the Bus Turistic which stops right outside but its located on Montjuic between the Olympic stadium and the Funicular. You get a 10% discount on entry with the Bus Turistic booklet
I really enjoyed the time that I spent at the Fundacio Joan Miro, mainly because there was an EXCELLENT temporary exhibit on Women in Modernism. There were amazing video installations, paintings, sculptures and informative text and audio, all talking about the influence of women in modernism. In Summer 2006, the Fundacio will host exhibits by Carlos Santos and Douglas Gordon. I was less enthused about the Joan Miro collection itself, but it is a matter of personal preference. That being said, his tapestries CANNOT BE MISSED- they are AMAZING! They reach sizes of more than seven by five meters, and hang beautifully in the building (which was designed by Josep Lluis Sert in the 1970s).
Make sure to bring your drivers license or passport so that you can sign out the audio tour, they are really strict on acceptable forms of ID. You can reach the Fundacio by foot (it's a fair hike up Montjuic, but beautiful in cool weather), by Barcelona Tourist Bus, by Bus #50 from Placa Catalunya or by the Funicular from Metro Paral·lel. Adult admission is EUR 7.50 and the reduced rate is EUR 5.
The Joan Miro foundation is located on the Montjuiic hill near to the Olympic places and the area of the fair (and exposition from 1929). It has been build during life time of Miro. The foundation tapestry has been created by Miro exactly for this wall of the museum. Entrance fee of the museum was 8 Euro, what seems to be kind of standard prize for most of the important museums in Barcelona.
But for those who like Miro it is really worth it. There are a lot of beautiful paintings of him plus some other sculpture works of him and some temporary exibitions of other artists as well.