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The Joan Mirò foundation Houses the finest collection of Miró's artwork, including paintings, sculpture and prints, plus temporary guest artists exhibitions.
If you arrived to Barcelona by air, you may have noticed Miró’s large ceramic mural in Terminal 2; you may have noticed his trademark primary colors in the “Pla de l’Os” pavement mosaic as you strolled down Barcelona’s Rambla, not far from where he was born in 1893, right next to the Liceu Theatre. Indeed, his unique work and influence can be seen and felt throughout the city.
At the Miró Museum you can learn all about this influential Catalan artist’s journey as he explored intuitive expression reminiscent of the world of childhood or dreams. This can be seen in his renowned masterpieces such as “Escape”, “the Land”, “Anti-Painting”, and “Art and Everyday Life”. Generally associated with Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, Miró refused to accept any one categorization so he could be free to continue experimenting.
Located on the beautiful Montjuïc mountain, the Joan Miró Foundation is home to over 200 paintings and 150 sculptures, includes textiles and ceramics, and boasts 8,000 drawings, along with almost all of the artist’s prints. This fabulous collection comprises the museum’s permanent collection and gives the visitor an overview of Miró’s life and artistic development. In addition to making these phenomenal works available to the public, the "Fundació" also seeks to inspire and explore contemporary art with a specific aim at encouraging young artists, as can be seen in Espai 13, and with countless other artworks by cutting-edge 20th and 21st century artists featured in the temporary exhibitions.
The Foundation is housed within one of the Barcelona most fascinating avant-garde buildings dedicated to modern art and is a must-see for architecture fans. It was designed by architect and city planner, Josep Lluís Sert, a friend of Miró’s who spent the years of the Franco dictatorship serving as dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. The building is stark white with pleasant curves and makes use of natural light to highlight Miró’s genius. It surrounds a courtyard garden, where art lovers can enjoy Miró’s splendid sculptures.
You can get to and from the Miró Museum by taking a ride on a Barcelona cable car. When you’re done visiting the museum, you can discuss the culture you’ve absorbed with your friends or family as you wander around the green Montjuïc park, enjoying the spectacular view of Barcelona, next to the world famous Magic Fountain.
Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona
Metro: L1 and L3 Plaça Espanya. Bus: 150, 55
October - June: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 - 19.00
July - September: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 - 20.00
Thursdays: 10.00 - 21.00
Sundays and public holidays: 10.00 - 14.30
Closed on Mondays (except public holidays)
Admission to the Foundation up to 15 minutes before closing time
Josep Lluís Sert’s design for the building already included a ramp between the ground and first floors. The Fundació Joan Miró is keen to ensure all visitors have access to art and culture and offers the following services with this in mind:
All the museum’s spaces are accessible to wheelchair users and there is public parking reserved for people with reduced mobility.