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Mirό of Majorca

The exhibition of Mirό of Majorca, a collaboration of the Teloglion Foundation of Art and the Pilar and Joan Miro of Majorca Foundation, presents one of the largest exhibitions of the artist in Greece.

A large collection of works of Mirό (over 400) cover all of his themes, such as: painting, sculpture, drawings, sketches and sculptures for public artwork, ballet, music, and material for King Ubu of Jarry (who had special importance for Mirό).

The model of the Sert workshop, along with documents, notes, furniture, etc, create an atmosphere reflective of the internal side of his creative thought. The works date from 1908 (his only surviving early topography) to his death in 1983. Mainly, the work of a mature Mirό of Majorca is presented, which was created in the workshop designed for him by his friend, architect Josep Lluis Sert in 1956. This workshop delineates a chapter in the life and work of Mirό because it is here that he re-examined his work up until then, and decided to make a new start. It is a period reflective of his unlimited independence and quest for knowledge.

Following his experience in America and his acquaintance with the painters of the movement of Action painting, we find Miro living in the climate of European Art Informel. He is influenced by pre-historic cave paintings, Middle Eastern art, the folk tradition of Catalonia, his home country, and dodecaphonic music. His thirst for breaking new ground is witnessed in his visual dialect- spots, splashes, flow, graphics, scratches, stitches, nails, ropes, using random objects, violent gestures, and research with a greater passion of the expressionism of materials. Biomorphic and surrealistic themes—symbols, woman, birds, landscapes, the sky, the sun, the moon, constellations.

As in the case of the exhibition Suite 347 of Picasso, the Spiteri Archives offer, in the case of Miro, rich archival material in the form of information, interviews, photographs, articles and publications in French and Greek press of the period, where opinions and critiques of important intellectual persona, as well as opinions of the artist himself, concerning his work, art in general, and the world in general, are presented.

Miro throughout the City

The exhibition of Μirό at the Teloglion coincided with the Movement of Five Museums (5M), a joint effort of five museums of Thessaloniki, the Archaeological, the Byzantine, the State Museum of Contemporary Art, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Teloglion Foundation, to work together to promote culture in Thessaloniki. So, at the State Museum of Contemporary Art at the port, in the exhibition “Workshops of Joan Μirό”, a large number of works will co-exist from the mature period of Miro, with a substantial example of current productions of workshops of Majorca from 40 new remarkable artists, awarded by Sotheby’s.

Also, a series of photographs by the great photographer who immortalized Miro at work, Francesc Català-Roca, will be exhibited at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, along with the symbolic hospitality of one of Miro’s paintings. In a corresponding gesture of cooperation, the Archaeological and Byzantine Museum will also each exhibit a painting by Μirό.

The distribution of the Miro exhibition throughout the city was completed in cooperation with the Municipality of Thessaloniki and the Dimitria, which house, along with the Miro exhibition, other cultural exhibitions, including music, literature, gastronomy, substantially supporting the relationships of cultural exchanges.

The exhibition “Miro of Majorca” is presented under the guidance of the President of the Greek Democracy, Mr. Karolos Papoulias and the Spanish Embassy in Athens.

Location: Teloglion Foundation for the Arts

Duration of Exhibition: 06/09/2009 until 05/02/2010

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - Thursday - Friday: 9:00 - 14:00

Monday - Wednesday: 9:00 - 14:00 and 17:00 - 21:00

Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00


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