This week, the Centro Botín in Santander has opened its doors on a unique survey of Joan Miró’s most outstanding sculptures and original creative process.
The exhibition will gather for the first time more than one hundred sculptures from all of Miro’s various artistic periods, as well as drawings, preparatory sketches, photographs of the artist, videos showing the process of casting, and the objects used to create his works, many of them previously unseen and expressly restored for this show.
As Joan Miró explained with regards to his creative process, “I feel attracted to an object by a magnetic force, without the slightest premeditation, and then I feel myself being drawn towards another object which is added to the first, and in combination they create a poetic shock, preceded by that visual and physical revelation which makes poetry truly moving, and without which it would be completely ineffective.”
This survey exhibition marks a turning point in our vision of Miró’s work in sculpture. For the first time, the artist’s creative process can be fully appreciated through a display of original objects and the variety of materials he used in his creations; his work in a number of different foundries; the projects he created to be turned into monuments; his ideas rendered in sketches; and his choice of materials prior to becoming part of the piece he was creating.
Conceived solely and exclusively for Centro Botín, Joan Miró: Sculptures 1928-1982 will be on view at Fundación Botín’s new art centre in Santander until 2 September 2018. For more details visit www.centrobotin.org.