Museum Exhibitions

Objecthood: Joan Miró’s painted sculptures

Last week “Miró and the Object,” curated by William Jeffett, opened at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona. The role of the object has never been fully considered in Miró’s work, and in light of the success of the Picasso sculpture show at MoMA, I thought readers might like to take a look at Miró’s early exploration in three dimensions. In his paintings, he was always interested in depicting isolated, abstracted objects, and beginning in the 1920s, he began incorporating actual objects in his collage and assemblage pieces. Miró famously declared that he wanted to assassinate painting, which was a radically different approach than Picasso ever contemplated.

[Image at top: Joan Miró, Painting-Object, 1950. Private collection © Successió Miró, 2015]

Joan Miró, Untitled, 1929, Conté pencil and collage on paper, 102 x 68 cm. Private collection © Successió Miró, 2015


Joan Miró, Object, 1931, oil, insulator, screw, burnt wood, sand and clockwork elements on wood, 27 x 13.5 x 6.8 cm. Private collection, Paris © Successió Miró, 2015

Joan Miró, Object, 1931, Oil, nails, bone and little bell on wood, 30 x 22 x 7.6 cm, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles © Successió Miró, 2015.

Joan Miró, Femme, 1946, Woman Sculpture-Object. Bone, grindstone, iron and oil on potter’s clay, 51.7 x 23.3 x 19.7 cm. Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona © Successió Miró, 2015
Joan Miró, Josep Llorens Artigas, Large figure, 1956, Earthenware. 107 x 48 x 44 cm. Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence © Successió Miró, 2015
Joan Miró, The ironing board, 1953, Oil on wood, 157 x 30 x 3 cm. Isabelle Maeght Collection, Paris © Photo Galerie Maeght, París © Successió Miró, 2015
Joan Miró, Josep Llorens Artigas, Object, 1956, Earthenware. 79 x 42 x 47 cm. Jules Maeght Collection, San Francisco © Successió Miró, 2015
Joan Miró, Tête, 1946-49, Head, Granite, 24 x 30 x 23 cm
Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection © Successió Miró, 2015
Joan Miró,  Projet pour un monument, 1954, Project for a monument, Iron, leather, gouache and grease pencil on cement, 39.8 x 18.3 x 17.8 cm. Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona © Successió Miró, 2015

Miró and the Object,” Curated by William Jeffett. Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain. October 29 through January 17, 2016.

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