Sunday, 24. November 2019
Joan Miró - Sculptures
24th August to 24th November
Joan Miró (1893-1983) was considered to be one of the most important artists of the 20th Century. Although renowned for his iconic paintings, Miró was also an exceptional and innovative sculptor. Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, with its open landscape forest glades and concern for art, provides an ideal location to view a range of sculptures created by Miró between 1972 and 1982.
In the early 1930’s Miró made simple, structural constructions. These works had more in common with painting and we had to wait almost 20 years before Miró truly embraced the real challenge of sculpture. The artist often referred to himself as a gardener. Everything, he said, takes time to grow: ‘my vocabulary of forms... did not come to me all at once. It formulated itself almost in spite of me.’1 This slow-burn, organic development is certainly true in terms of his sculptural language which did not start to evolve seriously until he was in his early fifties. The momentum continued apace into his 70’s and 80’s, resulting in works of extraordinary energy and vision.
As a painter, Miró produced some of the most iconic and enduring images of the twentieth century, which alone would continue to sustain his reputation as a master of this vital period. However, in 1946, five years after his first retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, his artistic career took an unexpected turn when he started to make his first modelled sculptures in bronze. This was no passing phase and his fascination continued and deepened until his death in 1983, resulting in a distinctive body of sculpture, which paralleled, and in later years often took precedence over, his painting. At the age of eighty-one Miró said to his great friend Alexander Calder ‘I am an established painter but a young sculptor.’
Text from Peter Murray, CBE
Executive Director, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
The exhibition was realized in cooperation with