“Essential summer viewing.
” The Sunday Times
“An unlikely, upbeat, eye-opening exhibition.
” Financial Times
“This elegant and civilised art preserve has a wicked old visitor
.” The Guardian
“The most important exhibition of Miró’s sculpture ever
.” Joan Punyet Miró (grandson of the artist)
Many of these outdoor works are rarely seen outside his foundations in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca and the exhibition is a unique opportunity to experience almost 40 years of sculpture from an intensely creative period.
The Underground Gallery traces the evolution of what Miró referred to as his “phantasmagoric world of living monsters
” and includes a number of large, wonderfully vivacious works on paper. In addition, through seldom-seen family photographs, sketches and notes, together with found objects and plasters, we give a fascinating insight into Miró’s working practice.
Though generally less known and critically examined than his painting, Miró came to consider his sculpture as equally important. He was rooted in a deep sense of national identity but these works reflect something far deeper than love for Catalonia, Spain and their people. Often assembled from humble artefacts – bowls, a tap, worn soap, tin-cans, a pebble, a hand-woven basket – they speak of Miró’s profound respect for humanity and are a homage to the richness of simple living.
An exclusive limited edition print accompanies the exhibition and a fully illustrated catalogue is available with texts by the artist’s grandson Emilio Fernández Miró, Pilar Ortega Chapel from the Successió Miró, poet and art critic Jacques Dupin and Peter Murray CBE. A £5 exhibition guide alongside special exhibition merchandise is also available. Shop in store or online