Joan Miró Comes to the Tate Modern

The Tate Modern Holds its First Major Retrospective of Joan Miró in 50 Years:

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Tate Modern is to hold London’s first major retrospective of Joan Miró for almost 50 years.

The exhibition titled “Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape” will draw on collections from around the world to represent the breadth of Miró’s artwork. The exhibition will also explore the wider context of Miró’s work, bringing to light his political engagement and examining the influence of his Catalan identity, the Spanish Civil War and his artistic response to the turbulent period during General Franco’s fascist regime.

Joan Miró i Ferrà was born in Barcelona in 1893 and trained as an artist at the Galí Academy. From 1923, he spent a part of each year in Paris and became a key figure in the Surrealist movement. Miró remained in France during the Spanish Civil War but returned to Spain when Germany invaded in 1940. He settled in Majorca and remained based there for much of the rest of his life, travelling for major commissions and exhibitions around the world. He died at home on Christmas Day in 1983.

During the Franco years, Miró worked in a kind of internal exile in Spain while cultivating a reputation abroad as a hero of post-war abstraction.This exhibition will showcase masterpieces from this era, including the 1973 triptych The Hope of a Condemned Man.

Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape, opens at the Tate Modern on 14 April and visitors to the museum will be able to see more than 150 paintings, works on paper and sculptures by this Catalan master artist who is often regarded as a forefather of Abstract Expressionism.

For art lovers, this exhibition at the Tate Modern is a must-see event.

Tate Modern is open daily from 10 am – 6 pm (10 pm Fri and Sat).  Admission is free except for major exhibitions such as this Miró event.

Exhibition   :   Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape
Dates           :   From April 14 to September 11
Admission  :  £15.50 (£13.50 concessions)
Venue           :  Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Website        :  www.tate.org.uk

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