Joan Miró is synonymous with bold colors, abstract designs and creative innovation. The Spanish-born artist created hundreds of paintings, sculptures and drawings throughout his lifetime, but he is best remembered for his friendship with fellow Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, and the playful and colorful compositions that he developed during the second half of his career (1963-1981.) In the McNay Art Museum’s newest exhibit, “Miró: The Experience of Seeing,” Texans have the rare opportunity to view and interact with the work and legacy of the artist.
The exhibit features more than 50 paintings, sculptures and drawings created by Miró between 1963 and 1981. “Miró: The Experience of Seeing,” opens at the McNay on Wednesday, Sept. 30, and runs through Jan. 10, making San Antonio the final stop on the exhibit’s tour before it returns to it’s home at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.
The exhibit was developed by Carmen Fernandez, the Director of Sculpture for the Reina Sofia, who wanted to showcase the late artist’s versatility and influence in modern and universal art.
“He was able to take empty space and create these intuitive shapes in both his paintings and sculptures,” Fernandez said. “He was inspired by the relationship between people and the earth; this can often be seen his recurring themes: women, birds and stars.”
A native of Barcelona, Miró spoke Spanish as well as Catalan, the official dialect of his hometown. He moved to France in the 1920s, and credited the City of Paris for his development as an artist. Consequently, he wrote art titles in French throughout his career. Miró’s “automatic shapes,” purposeful use of space and bold colors translate to audiences throughout the world, regardless of language and country.
The McNay has included several interactive features including a drawing station where young visitors can create and send off their own “Miró” postcards, tables that allow them to create compositions using random “found” objects and even an area that plays several videos on the life of Miró.
The McNay’s Miró exhibit has also inspired a citywide celebration of Spanish foods, customs and events at participating restaurants and businesses. Click here to find which restaurants are offering decadent chocolate cake, a Miro-inspired blue corn crusted trout with poblano risotto, or click here to enter Texas Highway’s Miró-themed staycation at the Omni at the Colonnade, which includes two free tickets to the exhibit.