A Miró we’ve never seen before.
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Miró captivates you
BILD
a blue patch of color and a dot or line suffices (…) to create an entire world
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An exhibition that glances behind the façade of the colorful canvases.
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With a focused solo exhibition, the Schirn presents a previously little-discussed aspect of the Catalan artist’s work: Miró's preference for large-scale formats and his fascination with the wall. 







Triptych refers to an artwork consisting of several picture panels which arose as a form in Christian Medieval art. Originally, the panels were connected but since Modernism are also to be found arranged freely in a space.

JOAN MIRÓ. PAINTING WALLS, PAINTING WORLDS

Joan Miró (1893–1983) once famously declared that he wanted to assassinate painting. Today he is recognized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. With a focused solo exhibition, the SCHIRN presents a previously little-discussed aspect of the Catalan artist’s work: Miró's preference for large-scale formats and his fascination with the wall. From early on, the wall was the starting point for his painting – the wall as an object to be depicted, and which at the same time would determine the physical and tactile quality of his painting. Miró distanced himself from the simple reproduction of reality and equated the picture plane with the wall. By using different colored grounds, coarse burlap, Masonite (hardboard), sandpaper and tarpaper, he created unique visual worlds of monumental dimensions and outstanding materiality. The exhibition covers over half a century of Miró’s oeuvre, beginning with his emblematic painting "The Farm" (1921/22), and continuing with his iconic dream paintings of the 1920s, his key work "Painting (The Magic of Color)" from 1930, his works and frieze formats painted on unconventional grounds in the 1940s and 1950s, to the brilliant late works such as the monumental triptych "Blue I–III" (1961) and the extraordinary "Paintings I–III" (1973). With this exhibition, which includes around 50 works of art from prominent museums worldwide, such as the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Museo Reina Sofía Madrid and the Centre Pompidou, Paris as well as important private collections, the SCHIRN opens up an entirely new approach to Miró's art.

An exhibition in cooperation with Kunsthaus Zurich.

Well prepared for the exhibition

Did you know about Miró's love for walls? Learn about it in the free digitorial, which provides you with background information about the key exhibition aspects. Have a look and you’ll enjoy the show all the more!

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Half a century of painting

About Joan Miró's preference for large-scale formats and his fascination with the wall. 
Tip: In his essay Joan Punyet Miró, the artist's grandson, describes the artistic meaning of the wall in Joan Miró's works and illustrates the special influence of the wall on Miró's painting.

BOOKLET

An introduction to the exhibition.

SUPPORTED BY 

DR. MARSCHNER STIFTUNG
ERST MAX VON GRUNELIUS-STIFTUNG
HESSISCHE KULTURSTIFTUNG


ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

Georg und Franziska Speyer'sche Hochschulstiftung

Media Partners

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Harper's Bazaar, VGF, Acht Frankfurt

Mobility Partner

Deutsche Bahn


Digitorial

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Design and Programming Scholz & Volkmer