Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
The two studios Joan Miró established in Mediterranean peace and quiet in the final years of his life.
Born in Barcelona, the Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist Joan Miró (1893-1983) was one of the most famous artists of the twentieth century. He moved to Palma de Mallorca in 1956, attracted by the Mediterranean setting and the possibility of establishing a large-scale studio there. *
The Son Abrines building was designed for him by his friend, the architect Josep Lluís Sert, and three years later, Miró bought the nearby Son Boter, an adjacent eighteenth-century Mallorcan house. Here he added an engraving and a lithography studio, and embarked on a programme of site-specific graffiti and wall-painting, which can be seen by visitors today alongside a rich range of accompanying sculpture.
The Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró was established in 1981, after the artist's death, under the direction of his wife, Pilar. A new city-centre site was designed and constructed to host it. Today, the Fundació includes a spectacular collection of Miró's artwork and a public library with extensive documentary and archive holdings. It also displays works by contemporary artists and a range of temporary exhibitions, as well as offering visitors the chance to discover Miró's original studio spaces.