The Fundació Joan Miró, Centre d’Estudis d’Art Contemporani (Joan Miró Foundation) is a museum caraof modern art honoring Joan Miró located on the hill called Montjuïc in Barcelona, Catalonia.
The idea for the foundation was made in 1968 by Joan Miró. Miró formed the foundation with his friend Joan Prats. Miró wanted to create a new building that would encourage particularly younger artists to experiment with contemporary art. The building was designed by Josep Lluís Sert to ensure that this work could also be made available to the public and exhibited. He designed the building with courtyards and terraces and to create a natural path for visitors to move through the building.
Building began on the mountain of Montjüic and the foundation opened on 10 June 1975. Not only was the architect a close friend of Miró but so was the first president Joaquim Gomis and Miró was amongst the first board. It was claimed that the new foundation represented a new way of viewing the concept of a museum and how the people of Barcelona could relate to their cultural heritage. Expansion in 1986 to the building added an auditorium and a library which holds some of the 10,000 items in the Foundation and Miró’s collection.
The Foundation’s collection currently comprises over 14,000 pieces: 217 paintings, 178 sculptures, 9 textiles, 4 ceramics, the almost complete graphic works and some 8,000 drawings. The major part of this collection was donated to the Foundation by Joan Miró himself. Other pieces have come from the collections owned by Pilar Juncosa, the artist’s wife, and Joan Prats, his close friend and the driving force behind the idea of setting up the Foundation. There have been subsequent donations by Marguerite and Aimé Maeght, Pierre Matisse, Manuel de Muga, Josep Lluís Sert, Francesc Farreras, Josep Royo, Gérald Cramer and David Fernández Miró, grandson of the artist.
An equally valuable part of the Foundation’s holdings consists of the works on loan, mainly from members of the Miró family and from the Gallery K. AG founded by Kazumasa Katsuta.
Address : Parc de Montjuïc
Zip code : 08038
City : Barcelona – Spain
Area : Sants / Montjuïc
Website : www.fundaciomiro-bcn.org
Opening hours : Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 – 19.00 (October – June) /Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 – 20.00 (July – September)/Thursdays, 10.00 – 21.30/ Sundays and public holidays,10.00 – 14.30 / Closed on Mondays (except public holidays)
Prices : 10 euros
Phone : 00 34 93 4439470
Phone 2 : fax: 00 34 93 32 98 609 / 00 34 93 32 99 007
Metro/Bus : On Montjuïc “mountain”. Bus: 50, 55, 193 stp “Parc de Montjüic” / Cable Car (take it at Paral·lel)