JOAN MIRÓ A PERMANENT IN MADRID

Song of the bird to the dew of the moon, Joan Miró, 1955 Successió Miró 2016

 

 

Joan Miró, painter, sculptor, engraver and ceramist. A versatile artist known for being one of the greatest representatives of Surrealism in the 20th century. His work delves into the subconscious and recalls a certain childhood background. Its beginnings were marked by movements like the Fauvism, the expressionism or the cubism, but soon it passed of tiptoes by this naif style that so characterized to him. From his stay in the French capital, his work began to show a certain dream aspect.

 

 

Three Balls, 1972, Joan Miró Successió Miró 2016

 

 

The collection of 65 pieces, mostly from the last decades of his career, also includes previous works. In addition, you can also enjoy an oil and four sculptures by Alexander Calder, with whom he shared a great friendship. These were a gift from Calder himself to Miró.

 

The collection consists of pieces of different owners that are in temporary storage. The Mapfre Foundation has got with this its exhibition hall is obligatory stop for all those adepts to study the work of Miró. 

 

 

View of the exhibition

 

 

This show is an evolution of the style of the artist, you can find characteristic pieces that demonstrate the strong commitment that he put in each stage. One of his qualities was to constantly reinvent the pre-defined ideas of each style and endow them with a new meaning. Influenced by Cubism, he looking for different points of view by giving them a new life. The collection presents a vital and enthusiastic Miró who was free to express all the fullness he felt.

 

 

Portrait of Joan Miró, 1930. Private collection in temporary storage

 

 

If something stands out from this artist is his wish to avoid conventions. In the final stretch of his career, perhaps one of the most unknown stages of criticism, Miró remained true to his style. In this sample divided into 5 sections have managed to capture the essence of this visionary who decided to spend his retirement on the island paradise of Mallorca.

 

 

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.