This major review of one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, Joan Miró (1893–1983), will be the first retrospective of his work to be held in London for almost 50 years.
Focusing on his political engagement, the exhibition sets out to examine the anxious and radical nature of his work, from The Head of a Catalan Peasant 1925 to Triptych to the Hope of a Condemned Man 1974. Alongside the serenity that suffuses much of his painting, Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape will reveal a passionate ferocity that reflects the political uncertainties of the artist’s lifetime.
The exhibition will include key early works concerned with the land of Catalonia, and will go on to explore Miró’s responses to the Spanish Civil War and the fall of France between 1935 and 1941, as well as the euphoria over the decline and demise of Franco’s regime from 1968 to 1975.
Miro’s “dream” paintings and experimental techniques were an influence on abstract expressionism.
Tate Modern said his work was noted “for its serene, colourful allure”.