Lisbon is holding a major exhibition of works by Spanish master Joan Miro, in the Ajuda National Palace.
They are all works acquired by the Portuguese state. The exhibition is entitled “Materiality and Metamorphosis”, and covers six decades of work, from around 1921
The show focuses in particular on the transformation of the pictorial languages that the Catalan artist began to develop in the 1920’s. Miro’s drawings, paintings, gluing techniques and work in tapestry are discussed, observing in detail his visual thoughts, the way he worked with sensations.
“Once he develops a language, a visual language, he can use that visual language the way we use our own language. We create new meanings and new syntax by building from one language to the next. One of the things, as the curator, I want the public to do is look very closely at the images,” said the show’s curator, Robert Lubar Messeri.
Miro experimented with tactile and optical effects, and his creative processes and preparation are also examined. The exhibition runs until January 8.