“Joan Miró: Birth of the World” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art in New York will present “Joan Miro: Birth of the World,” from February 24 through June 15, 2019. The exhibition explores the development of the artist’s pictorial universe and emphasizes on his “intense engagement with poetry, the creative process, material experimentation, and the seen and unseen world,” states the museum.The works on view are drawn from MoMA’s Miro collection and supplemented by several key loans. The central focus of the exhibition is the artist’s monumental painting, “The Birth of the World (1925),” which is placed in relation to other key works by Miro which are seldom shown together. “Joan Miro: Birth of the World,” features approximately 60 paintings, works on paper, prints, illustrated books, collages, and objects created between 1920, which marks the artist’s first catalytic trip to Paris, and the early 1950s. It was during this time that Miro’s visual language gained worldwide recognition.The museum acquired “The Birth of the World,” as a gift from the artist in 1972. Since then, it has been on regular display in the Museum’s collection galleries and has been widely recognized as one of Miro’s greatest works.The exhibition has been organized chronologically and begins with Miro’s “Portrait of Enric Cristofol Ricart,” (1917). It is being displayed at the museum for the first time since 2000. “This painting-cum-collage announces Miro’s ambition to be an ‘International Catalan,’ with its local subject (Miro’s Barcelona studio mate, E.C. Ricart), bright, French Fauve — inspired palette, and pasted-in Japanese print,” the museum adds. The exhibition continues with works from the 1920s and 1930s created after “The Birth of the World,” which inspired the exhibition’s title. These are often referred to as Miro’s “savage paintings.” Painted in response to the rising political tensions in Spain in the years leading up to the Spanish Civil War. “Rope and People, I” (1935), is one such painting that has been included in the show. The exhibition also showcases works such as “The Escape Ladder,” (1940) and “The Beautiful Bird Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Lovers,” (1941), together. These small gouache and oil washes on paper collectively known as the “Constellations,” were created by the artist during a time of isolation and great personal anxiety, when he was forced into exile in France late in 1936 for harboring Republican sympathies.“Joan Miro: Birth of the World” closes with the “Mural Painting” (1950–51), commissioned for a Harvard University dining room and measures nearly 20 feet in length.MoMA organized the first major museum retrospective of Miro’s work in 1941, followed by others in 1959 and 1993, which marked the centennial of the artist’s birth. According to the museum, “the present exhibition extends the Museum’s commitment to Miro by offering for examination and reassessment an in-depth presentation of his works from the collection.”The exhibition opens on February 24 and runs through June 15, 2019, at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, USA.For details, visit: http://bit.ly/2Bv9MUe on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition. http://bit.ly/2BwSDJ7 Louise Blouin

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