Built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, it is recognizable by its large glass dome flanked by the French flag. This architectural masterpiece of stone, steel and glass has been listed as a historical monument since 2000. It comprises 3 major sites: the Nave, the National Galleries and the Palais de la Découverte. The majestic nave, 240 m long, welcomes a wide variety of major National and International events: (horse riding, contemporary art, fairground, etc.). The national galleries organize large-scale exhibitions on artists that have marked the history of art (Picasso, Hopper and Renoir to name a few.) It is also Karl Lagerfeld's favourite place to hold his Chanel fashion shows.
Today was Mirò's turn. Bringing together nearly 150 works, this retrospective traced the technical and stylistic evolution of the artist.
“For me, a painting should be like sparks. It should dazzle you like the beauty of a woman or a poem,” said Joan Miró – and his working continue to dazzle 35 years after his death. The painter, who conjured a world full of poetic transformations, still continues to pique curiosity and fascinate contemporary artists to this day.
His homeland, Catalonia, offered him inspiration, Paris his first springboard, and Palma de Mallorca the great studio he had always dreamed of.
Between these places, Joan Miró created an oeuvre that is devoid of anecdotes, mannerisms, or any complacency towards modes of expression.
Catalan fauve period
Cubism is on the rise
Abstract just begins to define this painting
Forerunner of Instagram
Friends, poets and fellow compatriotes
Surrealism in detail
Love the warm shades of colour in this work
The rise of fascism
The perfect design for fabrics
One of my favourite... maybe because it's pink?
Sculptures which need quite a bit of imagination for their interpretation
BlueI, BlueII, BlueIII... where will the dots lead to?
Another little detail
Woman, Bird and Star (Homage to Pablo Picasso)
Spot the signature