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Joan MiróBeyond Painting

by George Ellerby

The exhibition focused on Joan Miró’s graphical works is underway at the Fondation Maeght until 17th November 2019.

In addition to Miró’s sculpture and ceramic work, the late Spanish artist is perhaps most renowned for the graphical works he created over his 60-year career. Miró’s graphic art career began with his early Fauvist pieces but was defined by his dramatic, stark surrealist works.

Based in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, Fondation Maeght sees Miró’s graphical works displayed as part of an extensive ‘Beyond Painting’ exhibition, showcasing many never before seen canvasses, prints, and works.

As the name would suggest, the exhibition investigates Miró’s prolific use of mediums stemming beyond paint, as well as his novel or otherwise maverick processes with these alternative mediums. Curated by the former director of the Fundació Joan Miró, Helen Maria Malet, the exhibition will display the artist’s proofs, prints, posters, lithographs and books. This is the first time that Miró’s proofs and lithograph originals have been displayed in public.

The Fondation Maeght describe how the exhibition has been organised. Dividing the exhibition into four themes, the show will demonstrate “Joan Miró’s relationships with poets, the concept of collage, combinatory possibilities and the discovery of techniques.” The exhibition itself appears ten years after Fondation Maeght’s last presentation chiefly focused on Miró, ‘Miró in his Garden’. Miró himself has had an intimate connection with the Fondation Maeght over the years and created several sculptures for the museum’s gardens, completing the works in 1964.

Within his graphical oeuvre, it is his lithographs that he was most prolific in producing. Creating some 3,000 prints from various lithographic techniques, Miró describes the freedom of lithographic technique he developed. “Engraving is a fine means of expression. It has been a means of liberation, of expansion, of discovery.”

With the exhibition currently underway, the Fondation Maeght’s ‘Joan Miró. Beyond Painting.’ is scheduled to run until November 17th.

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