DEUTSCHLAND - BADEN-BADEN - Miro. Die farben der Poesie

With one hundred outstanding works by Joan Miró, this summer’s major exhibition at the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden covers six decades of this Catalan artist’s production. Specially refurbished for the occasion, the museum’s spacious and lightflooded galleries feature paintings, sculptures and ceramics by Miró, from major public collections: Centre Pompidou, Paris, Fundació Miró, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Kunstmuseum Basel, Kunstmuseum Bern, Phillips Collection, Washington, and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, as well as from a number of significant private collections in Europe and the United States.
The brainchild of New York architect Richard Meier, the Museum Frieder Burda is a contemporary building particularly well-suited to displaying painting and sculpture. As such, it will serve as an enticing stopover during the summer of 2010, inviting visitors to appreciate the shapes and colours of this great Catalan master’s poetic oeuvre.
The exhibition highlights certain specially important periods of artistic creation by this twentieth-century virtuoso artist, underpinning Miró’s own assertion that “People will understand better and better that I was opening the doors to another future, countering all the false ideas, all the fanatic viewpoints.”
The exhibition begins on the upper floor, where several pieces dating from Miró’s “detailist” period are followed by works from his Surrealist period — a period characterized by his invention of a world heretofore unexplored in twentieth-century painting. The fruitfulness of those years underscores Miró’s mastery at conflating a wide range of colours with novel shapes, imbuing his language with a signature resonance. The result is neither abstract nor figurative, but instead the poetic concretization of a multiplicity of artistic inventions.
Miró derived inspiration from the vitality of the quotidian, which he made blossom into a heretofore little known world that gives pride of place to dreams and poetry. “I need a point of departure, be it a mere grain of dust or a flash of light. That form begets a series of things, one thing giving birth to another. Thus a piece of string can trigger a world.”
It is with an apparent simplicity of means that Miró transforms such a world. In his words: “For me, a picture should be like sparks. It must dazzle like the beauty of a woman or a poem.” Be it through some sign, some trace left by a finger or by water on the paper, a seemingly fragile line on the canvas, a spot on the ground that he marries with fire, or else some trifling object that he links to another weird object, Miró succeeds in creating a world of metamorphoses born of his surprising combinations of elements.
Bathed in light, the ground floor main gallery presents the larger scale paintings that Miró began producing in the sixties, and into which he poured new energy: their signs and forms attest to his ever-keen spirit of creativity. On display here too are Miró’s bronze sculptures, which he at times painted in bright colours. As a painter become sculptor, Miró thus introduced a spirit of whimsy into his amazingly imaginative artistic universe.

Museum Frieder Burda 02.07.2010 - 14.11.2010

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