Image: Filipe Braga
The work by Joan Miró in the State Collection of
Contemporary Art comprises
eighty-five paintings, collages, sculptures, drawings and weavings by the
renowned Catalan artist. On extended loan to the Porto Municipality and on
deposit at the Serralves Museum, the collection spans six decades of Miró’s
career, from 1924 until 1981. It provides an outstanding introduction to Miró’s
work and his major artistic preoccupations.
One of the great “form-givers” of twentieth-century art, Joan Miró
(1893—1983) was also an aesthetic assassin who challenged the traditional
limits of medium specificity. Miró’s art communicates across mediums: painting
engages in a dialogue with the artist’s drawing practice; sculpture speaks to
Miró’s woven objects; and collage – the yoking together of disparate entities –
functions as a master principle through which the artist mined the depths of
The work in the exhibition does not follow a chronological, linear
format. It is arranged thematically in an attempt to provide a holistic view of
the artist’s career. Individual galleries are dedicated to Miró’s development
of a sign language; his encounter with advanced abstract painting in Europe and
America; his interest in process and the expressive gesture; his complex
responses to social trauma in the 1930s; his novel approach to collage; the
impact of East Asian aesthetics on his drawing practice; and, most importantly,
his abiding interest in the nature of materials.
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