(Spain) *1893 in Montroig/Barcelona; †1983 in Palma de Mallorca
Joan Miró’s visual world is marked by very personal, poetic, and strange signs. His invented universe communicates both the naively comic aspect of a child’s doodling as well as the archaic expressive power of primeval human symbols. His mythical beings, signs for the sun, moon, and stars, for women or birds, not only define his painting, but also his sculpture. The work shown in the exhibition belongs to a group of sculptures that Miró constructed from found pieces and things thrown away. It is unusually high: a ‘souvenir’ of the Eiffel Tower. At the same time, it is reminiscent of a human being with a head, a torso, and an outstretched arm. Typical for Miró, he reduces the recognizable characteristics of a figure to rudimentary basic forms; while on the one hand we are reminded of the human form, at the same time their foreignness and artificiality ultimately stand at the forefront.