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.
The Ramblas is a long pedestrianised street that is full of people selling things (see separate tip on this).
At one point (almost in the middle), if you are paying attention, there is a Miro mosaic on the floor. It is extremely easy to walk over without even seeing it. In case you can't find it, it is at the Placa de la Boqueria. A good thing to look out for is the dragon/umbrella shop (see separate tip) as this is very close to it. (If you enlarge the photo you will see the dragon/umbrella shop in the background).
The Mosaic is classic Miro, lots of simple shapes in very bright colours. He has the knack of making beautiful designs. Although he is a modern artist, I really like his work, normally I'm not that arty a person.
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
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.
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.
Joan Miro is a Catalan painter/sculpture who died in 1983. He had a surreal style and loved to use vivid colours. His Foundation is in a building that is supposed to have architectural interest (I actually find it rather ugly and somewhat bland). However nobody visits to see the building!
I am not a particularly arty person, but I have been to this gallery twice. I love the bold bright colours, and his paiting has such wide appeal that I have even seen a whole series of them hanging up in Pizza Hut! He also has a big sculpture in the business district of Paris (my Paris page) which is replicated in the gallery here.
If you don't want to go up Montjuic Hill to see his foundation, you can see one of his mosaics along the Ramblas in Barcelona.
For a culture-vulture like me, the Fundació Joan Miró was an amazing and beuatiful experience.
Located in the middle of Montjuic Park, it is worth visiting as an excuse to walk through this green area. You could take the funicular railway which runs from the junction of Passeig de L’Exposició and Calle Nou de la Rambla. Then there is a pleasant walk north through the park. Or take the railway down on your way back to the city. The views of Barcelona from Montjuic are splendid!
Fundació Joan Miró is also a beautiful building. It takes you on an interesting route, past courtyards, down stairs, up ramps, past large windows and small viewing holes. The roof is made from unusual concrete light-scoops, which are great for an art gallery. You can go out onto a sculpture area on the roof.
The galleries contain permanent exhibitions of Miró's tapestries and sculpture. There are also world-class visiting exhibitions. When I visited there was a great exhibition of Fernand Léger’s paintings.
See website for current opening times and prices.
Since I had to do a big project about Miro in my Spanish class at college some years ago I always wanted to see this museum, and I was not disappointed.
They always show some contemporary artists as well but the Miro section is impressive, with great paintings and sculptures. There is an outdoor area with his works as well.
Miro was born in Barcelona but he lived in Tarragona and in Mallorca most of his life. Throughout the city you find his works in parks, at the airport (which I did not see) and there is even a mosaic on the Ramblas. It goes well with all the Gaudi stuff.
From the museum you also get a great view over Barcelona.
The entrance fee is high, 7.20 Euro, but you get a free audio guide with it.
Nice restaurant and shop of course.
Covering four blocks above Plaça d'Espanya where Carrer de Diputació and Carrer d'Aragó meet Carrer de Tarragona, one finds the Parc Joan Miró. It is also known as the Parc de l'Escorxador because it was the location of the municipal slaughterhouse until 1979. It is a great area for kids to run wild or for adults to sit and soak some sun.
The Parc Joan Miró is home to one of Joan Miró's works of art. It is the 70 foot tall (about 22 meters) statue called Dona i Ocell or "Woman and Bird". It is striking in its simple setting on a small island in the middle of a pool in the park. This was one of his last works.
Along Avinguda de Miramar (within Montjuïc) one finds the Fundació Joan Miró. Its architectural design alone is enough to please the visitor but inside is one of the largest collections in the world of Miró's work. It includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and tapestries (yes he was certainly a jack of all trades) as well as his complete graphic work. Something about the Mediterranean luminosity floods the striking building and shows Miró's work in its best light.
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.
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.
This unique sculpture by Joan Miro is situated in Parc Joan Miro, behind the old bullring. The resulting sculpture in the park is 22 meters high, made of concrete and covered in ceramic tiles styled by Joanet Gardy Artigas. On the night of the festival of Sant Joan, the sculpture seems to glow in the light of the bonfire that seems to burn on water, in the pool underneath.
Joan Miró is one of the most representative artists of Barcelona; you can find his works at different places of the city (and, of course, at his Foundation, situated at Montjuïc). The picture shows "Woman and bird", at Parc Joan Miró.
Joan Miró es uno de los artistas más representativos de Barcelona; puedes encontrar sus obras en diferentes lugares de la ciudad (y, por supuesto, en su fundación, ubicada en Montjuïc). La foto muestra "Mujer y pájaro", en el Parc Joan Miró.
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