THESSALONIKI, GREECE -- The Teloglion Foundation and the Foundation Pilar i Joan Mirό of Majorca present one of the artist’s greatest exhibitions in Greece, Mirό of Majorca. The exhibit includes a significant number of Joan Mirό’s works and documents (over 400) of all themes including: painting, sculpture, etching, drawings, sketches for sculptures or public art, for sobreteixisms, for ballet, for music, material for King Ubu of Jarry (of special importance to Mirό). The scale model of the Sert workshop - along with documents, notes, furniture, objects, etc. - convey the atmosphere, the internal aspect of his way of thinking.
The works date back to 1908 (his only salvaged early landscape painting) until his death in 1983. However, the exhibition mainly presents mature Mirό in Majorca and the works he created in the workshop designed by his architect friend Josep Lluis Sert in 1956. This workshop is a landmark in Mirό’s work, because it is in this workshop that he reviewed his up to then course and decided to make a new beginning.
This is about a period of endless independence and search. Having drawn experience in America, and being acquainted with the painters of the ‘Action painting’, he now lives within the atmosphere of European ‘Αrt Informel’. He is influenced by the prehistoric caverns’ painting, the art of the Far East, the Catalan folk tradition, his country’s own tradition, and the twelve-note music. His eagerness to enter new fields is evident in his own artistic technique - stains, spatters, streams, graphics, tinctures, cracks, sutures, nails, ropes, use of random elements, of violent gestures, persistent deepening in the expressiveness of materials. His themes include bioform surreal symbol figures, the woman, the birds, landscapes, the realm of the sky, the sun, the moon, the constellations.
Mirό of Majorca is currently on view through February 5, 2010.
For more info on this exhibit, please visit the Teloglion Foundation of Art