Tate Modern exhibition 2011 - Joan Miro. ‘The Ladder of Escape’ – Marking the beginning of a celebration of Catalan culture in London.
From 14 April 2011 – 14 September 2011 the Tate Modern will be holding Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape, an exhibition exploring the Joan Miro’s 60-year career, in which the artist documented some of the most significant events of the twentieth century.
In the first major exhibition dedicated to Miro in London in almost 50 years, the exposition will feature over 150 works of the famous Catalan artist, including his abstract imagery, paintings, sculptures and images of rural life in Spain in the 1920s.
Born in Barcelona in 1893, Joan Miro trained as an artist in the Catalan capital. Throughout the early twentieth century Miro would make regular trips to Paris where he became a key figure in the Surrealist movement. During the Spanish civil war, Miro remained in Paris, expressing his remonstrations overtly in the appropriately titled Le Faucheur and Aidez l’Espagne in 1937.
It was after the Nazi invasion in the 1940s when the inspirational artist really obtained global artistic notoriety, when he returned to Spain. After experiencing internal exile under General Franco, Joan Miro worked at a secret location on the island of Mallorca, creating artistic masterpieces which criticised the fascist aggression of Hitler and Mussolini.
Although the Spanish artist’s expression of political objections, did not stop at his hostility of fascism and the Second World War, as he continued to reflect the contemporary political mood in his paintings throughout the 1900s.
By blackening out and even setting fire to his own work, Miro’s famous paintings ‘May 1968’and ‘Burnt Canvas II 1973’ encapsulated the atmosphere of discontent and the violent protests which were taking place in Spain in the 1960s and 1970s.
With his iconic use of symbols, colour, imagery and language, Joan Miro, alongside fellow Surrealists, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, is often referred to as being the ‘forefather of Abstract Expressionism’.
This serene and colourful exhibition, which includes all of the artist’s major works, marks the start of ‘Miro & Catalan Culture’, a season to promote Catalan culture at the Tate Modern.
Tickets for Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape cost £15.50 and can be purchased at the Tate Modern website.