A unique cultural space promoting paintings, sculptures, drawings and objects of the artist Joan Miró, Miró Mallorca Fundació is in Cala Major district of Majorca Island (Spain). Miró visited Majorca since he was a small child and lived and worked here from 1956 to 1983. In 1981 he and his wife Pilar Juncosa, donated the art collection to the Foundation.
The Foundation is made by three remarkable buildings: Sert Studio, Son Boter and the Moneo Building.
The Sert Studio, where Miró started working in 1956, was designed by his friend the architect Josep Lluís Sert. Mirò was part of the avant-garde movement in Barcelona and shared ideas and projects with artists like Joan Prats and Josep Lluís Sert.
Inspired by Mirò’s vision, the studio has a minimalistic style and is made by traditional Mediterranean materials (stone or clay) and innovative technics. Divided in two levels with an L shape and an undulant roof, creating a sense of movement, it was designed to be in perfect sync with the artist artworks.
The Son Boter, a late 17th century Mallorcan house, was the second workshop where Mirò could paint very large artworks. Today this house is still used by local and international artists.
The Moneo, the headquarter, was designed by the architect Rafael Moneo and opened in 1992. Composed by a library, an auditorium, shop and three exhibition rooms, it is a dynamic art center with two linked structures: a linear three-story building with a flat roof and a star-shaped section, with a rooftop covered in water. The main gallery of Moneo, the Espai Estrella, during sunny days is enlightened through the exterior concrete walls.
Miró’s sculptures are in the external gardens, a space created to combine nature and art.
The collection includes paintings, sculptures, ceramics, bronzes, drawings, sketchbooks, objects and prints from Miró and from other artists; this exclusive art assemblage shows the different techniques and materials used by the artist.
Miró Mallorca Fundació offers tours where the history, techniques and anecdotes are explained. Available at the gift shop are: catalogues, art books, design objects, accessories and educational games. And after a visit, guests can relax or have a Mediterranean lunch at the bar restaurant, with a terrace and a unique view of Mirò’s sculptures.
Info: https://miromallorca.com – Entrance 7,5 €
Photo Credit: © Archive Miró Mallorca Fundació, Pep Escoda