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.

 

 

 

Thirteen years have passed since its beginnings, and in all this time the Video Art Festival PROYECTOR has grown and consolidated its position as an essential event in this discipline. Since its inception, the initiative has tried to give visibility to a discipline that has always been relegated to the background in the usual exhibition circuits. Although video creation is not new, since it emerged by its own in the 60s of last century, the way to get to know it and enjoy it has not always been easy. On many occasions, the exhibitions only included a few isolated pieces within the main route, as if the video was the anecdotal contribution to the whole. However, our daily lives are invaded by moving images, and there is a paradox that video art, despite being a format of artistic expression very much in tune with the habits of today's society, remains a minority discipline

Frame from “Hel City”, by Gregorio Méndez Sáez, 2019

To some extent, PROYECTOR was born to reverse this situation, to value video as a creative format and to offer a wide, itinerant space to host a multitude of proposals, coming from inside and outside our borders. In this time, the growth of the festival has led it to travel the world, but also, to be a benchmark that each year arouses more interest. In the open call to receive proposals, they reach almost half a thousand, and a hundred works selected by the jury are a representative sample of different ways of understanding video creation, with pieces mainly from Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

In turn, PROYECTOR wants to be more than a video showcase and offers a large program with talks, workshops, masterclasses, meetings with artists, visits and concerts. A complete experience that always has the moving image as a backdrop.

El Instante Francisco Ruiz de Infante. El bosque que se mueve (errores de medida)

In this evolution, another circumstance stands out: video is a creative format that has its own codes, but it is also one of the disciplines most open to artistic hybridization and the widening of uses. The video may, therefore, be the genuine idea of an author who conceives an autonomous project to be carried out in this format, but it can also be the complementary result of an action or the documentary record of a previous performance being recorded to guarantee its survival. The versatility of the moving image and the potential that it has acquired in recent years allows us today to speak of numerous branches of art that focus on the fusion of languages and the integration of techniques and methodologies from other sectors, and in many of them, the video is still a cornerstone. So it is with technological art, interactive sound art, performance recording, the transformation from big data to image, artificial intelligence, and a long etcetera. Precisely for this reason, PROYECTOR offers a panoramic vision of this reality, with an extremely interesting program that plays with the variety and wealth of proposals.

Frame from “Herdança”, by Thiago Rocha Pitta, 2007

The 2020 edition will run from September 9th to 20th. As usual, the program displays in various venues throughout the city of Madrid, each of which will house a small section of the activities. This year the festival will count with the collaboration of the Casa Árabe, White Lab, Cruce, El Instante Fundación, ¡ésta es una PLAZA!, Extensión AVAM (Matadero Madrid), Institut Français de Madrid, Medialab Prado, Quinta del Sordo, Sala Alcalá 31, Sala El Águila, Secuencia de Inútiles and White Lab, in addition to the collaboration of the INELCOM Collection and the video art collection of Teresa Sapey.

The festival is also the ideal place to articulate the cultural fabric, since it involves numerous professionals in the sector, from curators to creators, from centres managers to critics and teachers. The 2020 program also has the collaboration of the FUSO Festival and the Museo Reina Sofía, which are providing some of their pieces for the exhibition.

In short, an appointment that lovers of contemporary art should not miss and that promises many novelties in this 13th edition.