The first time I met Miró was in July 1971
Until his death in 1893 I met him several times
This picture is from 1976 during the opening of his museum in Barcelona
Joan Miró created
more original posters than any other artist of his time. Poster art was an
important way for him to reach out to many people.
The only known complete collection
of original posters made by Joan Miró was donated to the commune of Kristianstad
on November 14th 2003.
collection contains 154 framed posters which were first exhibited in Malmö
konsthall from November 1993 to February 1994.
On this occasion the book Joan Miró
posters affischer (ISBN 99 7704062 - 7) by Nils Tryding and Sune Nordgren was
published by Malmö konsthall.
All the 154 posters can be seen on the webpage of Kristianstad kommun.
An exhibition including rare books illustrated by Miró took place in Kristianstads konsthall from February 15th to May 4th 2003. From March 23th to May 3rd 2004 the collection was shown in The Pomeranian Dukes' Castle Szczecin Poland from May 6th to May31st in Sopot Museum near Gdansk , Poland, from June 6th to June 30th in Regional museum Stalowa Wola, from July 20th to September 12th in the Museum of Koszalin and from November 6th 2004-January 9th 2005 in Kristinehamns konstmuseum. See also Lokaltidningen. The next exhibition of the collection of Miróposters is in Karlskrona Konsthall from May 27-August 16 2006 More about my interest in culture,art and Joan Miró has recently (July 17) been published in Sydsvenskan In 2004 I received the Culture Prize of Kristianstad.
There is now a Café Miró in the Regionmuseum of Kristianstad.
On 7 April 2005 I had a lecture on the art of Joan Miró in Procivitas Gymnasium Växjö. Another lecture was held in Konstklubben Sjukvården i Norra Älvsborg on 28 April 2005. A lecture was held in Helsingborg on 1 October 2005. On Novemer 17 2005 I had a lecture in Kärnsjukhuset Skövde.
On November 29 2005 I presented my interest in Miró in the University Hospital in Umeå “Joan Miró – Fantastic Worlds. 125 print graphics from the Fundació Miró“ is the title of the exhibition, which the ALTANA Cultural Forum will show at the Sinclair House in Bad Homburg from November 29, 2005, to January 15, 2006. From January 28 to April 2 the exhibition will be shown in the Kunsthalle in Emden Germany.
Miro, A Just Man Miro was goodness, a just man in all things. He did not speak much but was very couteous. I never saw him with a camera or a ballpoint pen, but he would sometimes spend an hour contemplating the landscape. He and I were alone. I prudently kept my distance. He liked places that were difficult to get to, with a good view. [Francesco Sole, Miro´s chauffeur during 25 years. Interview at ABC, in Spain, 1983.]
More on Joan Miró is found in Winkipedia. On his 103
birthday 20 April 2006 Google used a Miró logo.
The only known complete
collection of original posters made by Joan Miró was donated to the commune of
Kristianstad on November 14 2003.
The collection contains of 154 framed posters which were exhibited in Malmö konsthall from November 1993 to February 1994. On this occasion the book Joan Miró posters affischer (ISBN 99 7704062 - 7) by Nils Tryding and Sune Nordgren was published by Malmö konsthall. It was available from art book shops all over the world but is now out of print. MIRO, JOAN. Joan Miró posters affischer. Malmö: Bra Böcker/Wilken, 1993. First edition. 327 pages. 154 full color plates with complete data on edition, publisher and process. This book presents a complete, reliable catalogue of all Joan Miro's "original" posters, and is based on Dr. Nils Tryding's collection, the only known complete collection. Text by Nils Tryding and Sune Nordgren. Text in English and Swedish. Exquisitely printed with color plates of the highest technical quality. Orig. illustrated boards. Fine
This book is now out of print but perhaps a few copies of the book are still available
from Malmö Konsthall or Antiquarian books in Scandinavia
ZVAB -MIRO Zentrales Verzeichnis Antiquarischer Bücher
See also Amazon
(Order Antiquarian Books Online) offers two more books.
For other books related to Joan Miró please see i.e. OCAIW ,
Scaruffi art or Amazone.com
Joan Miró also illustrated books.
An important compilation has been written by Partick Cramer
Maeght Editeur has published several important journals
and books including original prints by Joan Miró
The most extensive offer on the Internet on 1673 books
or illustrations by Miró is given by ZVAB
Joan Miró was engaged for the sake of Catalan writers Escriptors Catalans
Original posters by Joan Miró have been presented on the ratiopharm website.
See also an article on exhibitions with Miróposters 2004 in Generikaposten.
On the Internet there are many offers on rare prints by Miró see i.e.Artloft
On the web there is an enourmous amount of "Miró-posters",most of them are however, reproductions.
The original posters are sold for high prices
Joan Miró created more posters than any other artist of his time. Poster art was an important way for him to reach out to many people. Our collection has been shown in several museums in Denmark (Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum,Ålborg and Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen) , Norway (Galleri F15,Oslo) and Sweden (Kristianstad,Örebro,Eskilstuna,Lund and Umeå). In 1995 it was in Klagenfurt and Baden in Austria, In June - July 1996 in the National Museum in Warszaw, Poland. The poster collection was shown on May 8 to August 20 1998 as the inaugutation exhibition in the new Tensta Konsthall (Tensta Art Gallery).Among the distinguished guests were the president of Catalonia Jordi Pujol ,the Spanish Ambassador Camilo Barcia and the Cultural Minister of Sweden Marita Ulvskog.It was part of the cultural activities of Stockholm,the Cultural Capital of Europe 1998.The poster exhibition was a complement to the important exhibitions of paintings by Joan Miró in the new Museum of Modern art in Stockholm (see below) and Lousiana Denmark (see further below). From 20 September to 30 November 1998 the poster collection was shown in Ljungsjögården near Simrishamn in the southeast corner of Sweden. In 1999 the Miró poster collection was shown from 21 August to 16 September in Aoseum Åhus Sune Nordgren who was the head of the Baltic Flour Mills Newcastle England and now is direktor of Nasjonalmuseet Oslo made a selection of the posters with special regard to the posters related to books. Part of the exhibition was shown in the main office building of Vin & Sprit,Åhus,Sweden. From 28 October to 28 November 1999 the complete collection was shown in Balkongalleriet Musikhuset, Århus, Denmark in collaboration with Dansk Plakatmuseum. The complete collection of 154 posters was shown in Bryggeriet Trelleborg from 7 July to 9 September 2001 From 3 October to 4 November 2001 a few of the posters were shown in Volvo Showroom Kungsträdgården, Stockholm
An exhibition including drawings and rare books illustrated by Miró was shown in Kristianstads konsthall from February 15th to May 4th 2003. On April 20th at 2-5 p.m. we celebrated the 110 birthday of Joan Miró
Kjellgren betonade Mirós relation till poesin, språket och den katalanska
kulturen. Verken är huvudsakligen hämtade från den unika samling med Mirós
originalaffischer ( 154 st). Miró gjorde sin första affisch 1937. Den visar en
katalansk bonde som knyter näven mot Franco och fascismen. En av de sista
affischerna utfördes till fotbolls -VM i Spanien 1982. I affischkonsten såg
Miró en viktig möjlighet till direkt kommunikation med betraktaren. I en sådan
bildvärld kunde han spegla såväl politiska ställningstaganden som populära
fotbollsevenemang och katalanska kulturarrangemang. I utställningen visas även
ett stort, och intressant, urval av de böcker och tidskrifter i vilka Miró
utförde originalgrafik - etsningar, litografier och träsnitt - och där han
samarbetade med nu legendariska författare i de dadaistiska och surrealistiska
vänkretsarna: Tristan Tzara, Benjamin Peret, Alfred Jarry, André Breton m fl.
Men här finns även bokprojekt utförda tillsammans med författare som Joan
Brossa, Yves Bonnefoy och Claude Simon m fl. I samlingen ingår även
teckningar, brev och annan dokumentation. Från Skissernas Museum i Lund hade
dessutom inlånats en skiss som visar Mirós arbete med den målning som han
utförde på en stor mur i St Gallen i Schweiz i mitten av 50-talet. I
utställningen i Kristianstads konsthall kunde man se verk av Miró som
omspänner tiden från 1917 och fram till konstnärens död 1983. 1973 gjorde Miró
en originalaffisch ( d v s en affisch i vilken konstnären själv deltar i hela
tillkomstprocessen) till en utställning i Kristianstad. Tio år senare, 1983,
visades samtliga affischer i samband med Åhusmässan. Efter ytterligare ett
decennium gjordes en stor Miró-utställning i Malmö Konsthall. Nu sluts denna
tioårscirkel genom att Kristianstads konsthall visar Miróverk, 110 år efter
att konstnären föddes. I samband med utställningen anordnades specialvisningar
och flera programkvällar, som bland annat tog upp teman som Miró och filmen,
Miró och musiken, Den förfalskade Miró. Dessutom talade Kjell A Johansson om
Miró och den katalanska kulturen.
From March 23th to May 3rd 2004 the collection was shown in The Pomeranian Dukes' Castle Szczecin Poland from May 6th to May31st in Sopot Museum near Gdansk , Poland, from June 6th to June 30th in Regional museum Stalowa Wola, from July 20th to September 12th in the Museum of Koszalin and from November 6th 2004-January 9th 2005 in Kristinehamns konstmuseum. The exhibition of the collection of Miróposters was shown in Karlskrona Konsthall from May 27th to August 16th 2006. The collection will be shown in Siauliai in Lithaunia from June 14 to July 28 2007. Details are presented here in TV and in the Litvanian radio
Painted sculptures by Joan Miró are exhibited in Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington,D.C., USA
until January 6th 2003 and in Salvador Dali Museum St Petersburg, Florida,USA.
from Februari 1st to May 4th 2003
under the title THE SHAPE OF COLOR
Please see Washington Post
In USA there are many Galleries offering works in etchings, lithographs and original paintings.
One of them is Weinstein Gallery in San Francisco, Califonia
For more information about the famous artist Joan Miró (1893 - 1983),see also artchive
The borning room of Joan Miró in Passatge del Crèdit 4
situated in the old town of Barcelona can now be seen in Hotel Rialto (Miró suite 330)
The painter Joan Miró was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. See i.e Artencyclopedia
and Reina Sofia Madrid
There are two important museums devoted to him : Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation in Palma de Mallorca
and the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona
From 16 May to 30 August 1998 the new, rebuilt Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm showed an exhibition with Miró-paintings "Joan Miró: A creator of New Worlds"from the period 1918-1970th.The first intendent Ragnar von Holten had collected 80 important paintings,10 sculptures and 40 drawings from several private collectors and from different art museums in USA and Europe.The main content of the collection was transferred to the Lousiana Museum,Humlebaek,Danmark,where it was shown from 18 September 1998 to 10 January 1999. The exhibition included 56 paintings, 42 works on paper, 16 of the lithographs Serie Barcelona 1944 and 24 sculptures. From 1 September to 21 October 2000 there was an exhibition
"Arbeiten auf Papier und Orginalgraphik" in Galerie Boisserée Köln,Germany.
In Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen am Rhein there will be an exhibition
"Mein Atelier ist mein Garten" 15 October 2000-28 January 2001.
On 13 July-6 October 2002 there was an important exhibition
"Schnecke Frau Blume Stern" in Museum Kunst Palast Düsseldorf
Joan Miró was also a photagraphe
Sculptures by Joan Miró are shown in Pierre Gianadda Foundation - Sculpture Park Swizerland.
In March 2001 senior medical doctors from Sweden (SÄL) visited this collection.
Here follows more information: (in Swedish)
One of Mirós favorites was the architect Antonio Gaudi.
Exhibition in Centre de Cultura Contemporania Barcelona 2005
Paris i els surrealistesParis i els surrealistes “Joan Miró – Fantastic Worlds. 125 print graphics from the Fundació Miró“ is the title of the exhibition, which the ALTANA Cultural Forum wasshow at the Sinclair House in Bad Homburg from November 29, 2005, to January 15, 2006. From January 28 to April 2 2006 the exhibition was shown in the Kunsthalle in Emden Germany.
Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma shows
"JOAN MIRÓ. CARTELES"
19 diciembre 2008 - 22 febrero 2009
An exhibition of the Mirópostercollection was shown in Drakabygget Konsthall Örkelljunga on 30 September 2007 until 4 November 2007. On 6 October at 3 pm I spoke about my meetings with Joan Miró.
The collection was shown in Våsterås konstmuseum on 9 May-1 June 2008 in Sweden and in Espoö in Finland on 12-30 June and in Fredericia in Denmark on 26 October to 17 November 2008
Joan Miró Exhibition Opening, Haggenmacher Court, 9-30 May 2009
Miró’s production shows a great and fantastic variety. He made posters for different exhibitions and music&dance-performances. A large number of posters have a Catalonian theme as he was deeply rooted in his native Catalonia.This collection was shown at the renewed Haggenmacher Udvar on the 9-30th of May.2009
On 30 Januari-6 June 2010 there was an exhibition of art of Miró from a french collection in Arken, Ishöj, Denmark.
On 3 July-14 November 2010 an exhibition "The Colours of Poesie" was shown in Museum Frieder Burda in Baden Baden.At This occasion the book Die Farben der Poesie will be published by Hatjecranz Verlag.
Important works of Joan Miró are found in museums all over the world:
Fundació Joan Miró Barcelona www.fundaciomiro-bcn.org/
Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró Palm de Mallorca miro.palmademallorca.es/
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Madrid www.museoreinasofia.es/index.html
The Museum of Modern Art New York moma.org/
The Art Institute of Chicago www.artic.edu/
The Tate Collection London www.tate.org.uk/
Centre Pompidou Paris www.centrepompidou.fr/
Moderna Museet Stockholm www.modernamuseet.se/Stockholm/
K20 Kunst des 20.Jahrhunderts Düsseldorf www.kunstsammlung.de/
National Museum of Art Osaka en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Museum_of_Art,_Osaka
The Chief Editor of Clinical Chemistry asked me to write an article from the right side of my brain.
Joan Miro and I was published in April 2010
(Clinical Chemistry. 2010;56:683-686.)
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The painter Joan Miró (1893–1983) was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Fifty years ago, I went to Paris to attend a congress in biochemistry. I do not remember anything from the meeting, but I do recall occasionally noticing the new UNESCO headquarters building near the Eiffel Tower. It was decorated with 2 large ceramic murals, one containing a sun and the other a moon. The size and the brilliant colors made a great impression on me, and I decided to learn as much as possible about the artist. According to Miró, there are only 2 ways for a visual artist to reach many people: with sculptures or murals in public places or with posters. Paintings run the risk of ending up on the wall over a collector’s sofa or in museums, which only a small minority of the population visit. The Maeght Gallery in Paris had published several posters, and there I met the poet and author Jacques Dupin. He had just published a big book on Joan Miró. I studied it in detail, as I was accustomed to doing with medical books. The author noticed my great interest and made it possible for me to meet Joan Miró. In 1971, I visited his home and studio in Palma de Mallorca for several hours. Joan Miró was a small man, of my size, with kind blue eyes, so it was easy to develop a good rapport with him. We spoke in French, and I told him that I had started a group of admirers, Société des Admirateurs de Joan Miró, with members from all over the world. He was very pleased and said that he liked to have admirers, as he knew that Elvis Presley had them. His studio had many paintings on the walls.
They had no titles, however, because Miro´ ’s idea was that art leads to different interpretations in different individuals. The effects change from person to person,
depending on one’s experiences and willingnessto be influenced. On that occasion, he gave me 2 pencil drawings, with a personal dedication (Fig. 1).
Joan Miro´ allowed me to use them to illustrate the covers of Drug Effects in Clinical Chemistry 1992 and the 1996 edition (Fig. 2). The content is really boring,
but the books have attracted some interest, thanks to the colorful covers.
A short time after my visit with Miro´ , I received a letter from a Spanish editor and publisher of art books. He had asked Miro´ about the publication of a book on his original posters. Miro´ told him that he had no complete knowledge of the posters he had made but that he had just met a mad Swede who
seemed to know more about them. This was not true,but I thought that here was a great opportunity for me to do something. Joan Miro´ was a very active artist, and there are more than 1000 posters of reproductions of his art. Only those he has made by his
own hands can be defined as original posters, however. When I started to collect Miro´ posters systematically, I already had acquired some posters he had made for exhibitions at the Maeght Gallery. To find more, I had to contact other art galleries and visit the printers who collaborated with Miro´ . I learned about the best-known printers, Mourlot and Arte in Paris andLitografias Artisticas in Barcelona. Like Picasso, Miro´ was extremely inventive and took part in the whole printing process. The collaborators were full of admiration for Joan Miro´ . His first poster, from 1937, depicts a Catalan peasant (identified by his red cap) raising his clenched fist to Franco and the Fascists. Miro´ was born in Barcelona in 1893 and, like most other Catalans, was in support of the republic against Franco. It is important to note that his first name was Joan, which is the Catalan spelling of Juan. Several of Miro´ ’s posters contain 4 red barrels on a yellow background, which echoes the motif of the Catalan flag.
During Franco’s time, this flag and the Catalan language were forbidden. Before the death of Franco in 1975, I visited Barcelona to buy the forbidden posters and had to
acquire them secretly. Some had been made in the Catalan language to announce medical meetings, and the only possible way to get them was to have good contacts with Catalan scientific colleagues. I was invited several times to clinical chemistry meetings in Barcelona to speak about the effects of drugs on laboratory test results, and I used every visit as an opportunity to search for Miro´ posters of the forbidden Catalan congresses. I succeeded twice.Meeting attendees knew of both a professor who had been a chair of meetings in the Catalan language and a representative
of a drug company who had posters. Both individuals were kind enough to present me with the missing posters. Thanks to other friends, I also succeeded in finding the 2 posters that General Franco had banned in particular, one for the first of May 1968 and the other for the second Catalonian congress of lawyers, in 1971.
In April 1973, Joan Miro´ invited me to his 80th birthday celebration in Palma de Mallorca. As a present, I gave him a list of about 70 posters that Ihad documented. He was very happy for this gift and told me that he would prepare a special poster for me
and the exhibition of the collection in the Kristianstad museum. This exhibition took place in the summer of 1973, and the number of admirers of Joan Miro´ increased rapidly. The next year, a group of us went to Paris to meet Joan Miro´ and see 2 important retrospective exhibitions, one of paintings and sculpture in the Grand Palais and the other of graphic work, illustrated books, and posters in the Muse´e d’Art Moderne. We were happy to see the poster for Kristianstad included. Among the new
paintings were some that were nearly totally black, one of which had a piece of map with the names Kristianstad and Åhus in the upper right corner. The reason for the predominant black color of these paintings was that Miro´ had been depressed because of eyesight problems. He underwent operation for his cataract, however, and he received a pacemaker.He remained active, especially with graphic art, including
posters, to his 90th birthday in April 1983.He then made his last poster, for an exhibition in Palma deMallorca. We, his admirers, were there, but Joan Miro´ was ill and could not attend. He died Christmas day, 1983.
It was necessary for me to continue collecting posters for another 10 years to be certain that I had found all of the posters Miro´ had produced. He liked that his art could be seen by many people, so he produced as many new posters during the last 10 years of his life as he had during his first 80 years. The large volume of Miro´ ’s late output meant that I had to work hard to follow his production. I met him regularly on his birthdays and tried to attend the inaugurations of his expositions (Fig. 3). The problem
was that some posters were published in Japan,the US, and Mexico and the Internet was not yet available. Miro´ often supported projects for which he felt sympathy. He made posters for UNESCO,Amnesty International, and the Salvador Allende Museum, which I found thanks to good contacts with his collaborators and galleries in Barcelona,Paris and New York. Another possibility was to exchange duplicates with a German and a Norwegian collector of original posters. I met my collector friend in Oslo several times. He said I was the only person who had a chance of producing a complete collection and was kind enough to offer me 2 posters that I could not get in any other way. Generosity production of posters, he met his really large and
enthusiastic public. Humanity responded, and he became the “Miro´ of the People.”
On Miro´ ’s 100th birthday in 1993, the complete collection of his 154 original posters was exhibited at Malmo¨ Konsthall. The exhibition was a public success,with 160 000 visitors and a concert with the famous Catalan soprano Montserrat Caballe´ . On this occasion, Joan Miro´ posters affischer, by Nils Tryding and Sune Nordgren, was published. The text, in English and Swedish, includes complete data on edition,publisher, and printing process, as well as 154 full-color plates. The book is now out of print, but a second edition will be published .In 1998, the compete collection was shown as the inauguration exhibition of the new Tensta Art Gallery, Stockholm.
Among the distinguished guests was the president of Catalonia, Jordi Pujol. The collection was donated to the municipality of Kristianstad, which is now the owner. The intention is that all schoolchildren in the community will be able to see this type of art. There is a program for continuing education, and the children have exhibitions of art they have produced after being inspired by Miro´ ’s colorful posters. The collection
has also been exhibited in other places in Sweden and in Kristianstad’s friendship cities in Finland,Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, and Hungary. In 2004, I received the Culture Prize of Kristianstad,and the Regional Museum of Kristianstad now has a
Cafe´ Miro´ . Although Joan Miro´ has been dead for a long time, I still maintain good contact with his grandson, Joan. I still visit all of the important exhibitions of Miro´ ’s art, all over the world, and for 10 years I have been responsible for the travel program
for members of the Swedish Society for Elderly Doctors.Several of the 50 trips I have initiated and guided included visits to museums with important Miro´ art work: Fundacio´ Joan Miro´ Barcelona (http://www.fundaciomiro-bcn.org/); Fundacio´ Pilar i Joan Miro´ Palm de Mallorca (http://www.mallorcaweb.com/reports/museums/pilar-and-joan-miro-foundation-inpalma/);
The Museum of Modern Art, New York (http://www.
moma.org); The Art Institute of Chicago (http://www.
artic.edu/); The Tate Collection, London (http://
www.tate.org.uk/); Centre Pompidou, Paris (http://
www.centrepompidou.fr/); Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts, Du¨sseldorf (http://www.
kunstsammlung.de/); National Museum of Art, Osaka
Art,_Osaka).For a description of the influence of Joan Miro´ on
me as a human being, please visit my Web site
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On 18 Mars-13 Juni 2011 the Museum fûr Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg showed the very actual exhibition "Power to the Imagination. Artists, Posters and Politics"Artists’ posters tell the story of protest, commitment to freedom and human rights, the fight for equal rights and tolerance.The exhibition presents in excess of 180 works by approximately 90 internationally renowned artists and thus offers a fresh and comprehensive overview over protest and opposition movements in the course of the past 60 years. Joan Miró was well represented. A group of art lovers from Kristianstad konsthall visited the exhibition.
On 14 April - 11 September 2011 there was an important exhibition of 150 paintings by Joan Miró in Tate Modern London . Documentation on the life and works by Joan Miró can now also be seen on Youtube.com. Examples are found here and there are many more.
The collection of the original Miróposters was shown in Vasa Konsthall Göteborg from September to December 15th 2011.
From 16 June to 7 October 2012 the complete collection of 154 posters was exposed in Kristianstad Konsthall. The collection will be extended by a number of original lithographs by Joan Miró printed by the master printer Fernand Mourlot and include all original prints made by Joan Miró for the art journal "Derrière le miroir" from Galerie Maeght Paris as well as for illustrations in many other journals, catalogues and books.
The title of the exhibition was FOLKETS JOAN MIRÓ (The Joan Miró of the people)
Part of the collection is shown in Grafikens hus Mariefred
from 20 October 2012 to 2 March 2013
It will go on to Esbo in Finland on 13 March 2013
and from 28 September 2013 for 10 weeks to Falsterbo konsthall