Fundacio Miró Museum
The Fundacio Miró Museum in Barcelona has been established by Joan Miró himself in 1972 when he donated a large part of his own works to the foundation.
In the same year Miró comissioned his friend and architect Josep Lluís Sert to design a larger museum for his collection of modern art.
Until 1975 the Miró Museum was constructed as a key example of rationalist architecture on Barcelona's Montjuic.
Its large terraces and spacious interior courtyards allow an easy circulation of visitors. In this magnificent environment, full of natural light, Miró's iconic figures like birds, women and stars produce an impressive atmosphere.
Josep Lluís Sert and Joan Miró have created a great museum experience, even for people that have not been too much into surrealistic art before.
Currently, the Fundacio Miró Museum displays almost 15,000 pieces of art. Alongside more than 8,000 drawings you can find 217 paintings, 178 sculptures as well as ceramics, textiles and graphic works.
The animating spirit behind the project to set up the Fundacio Miró Museum was Joan Prats, a close friend of Joan Miró.
Prats also largely contributed to the initial collection of art himself as did Miró's wife, Pilar Juncosa. Since Barcelona is the birthplace of Joan Miró, his art work can be found all over the city.
If you have been to Barcelona before, you might have noticed the large mosaic strolling along Ramblas.Another great example of his works can be found in Parc Joan Miró next to Plaza Espanya. Together with Salvador Dalí, Miró is considered the most important Catalan painter of the 20th century.
He also got to know and became friends with Pablo Picasso after he went to Paris in 1919 which had a large influence on his style of Surrealism.
Fundacio Miró Museum – Facts
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 - 19.00 (October - June), 10.00 - 20.00 (July - September), Thursdays from 10.00 - 21.30, Sundays and public holidays from 10.00 - 14.30 Closed on Mondays (except public holidays) Admission: Adults: 8,50 Euros Reduced: 6,00 Euros (students and persons over 65 years) Audioguide: 4,00 Euros
How to get to Fundacio Miró Museum?
Bus line 50 from Plaza Universitat or Plaza de Espanya. Or by metro take the grren line L3 to Parallel, switch to the funicular (included in the metro ticket) up to Montjuic. Turn right and walk about ten minutes until you reach Fundacio Miró Museum. Further information and current special exhibitions please take a look on www.fundaciomiro-bcn.org.