July 28: Fundació Joan Miró
The Fundació Joan Miró, Centre d'Estudis d'Art Contemporani is a museum founded by and centered on the work of the Barcelonese Surrealist artist Joan Miró. It was designed by Josep Lluis Sert and opened in 1975, and expanded in 1988.
On the approach, a pleasant ascension of stairs and terraces.
The landscape is well-integrated with the museum building, with sculptures arrayed around the gardens and courtyards. This one nearly dissolves into the sky.
These concrete walks float just a tiny bit above the ground.
The front entrance, complete with a Catalan-vault-like cantilever, and one of many Personnages (1970) at right.
To the northwest, above the stairs and terraces from the first photo, is a courtyard open to the superb mountainward view. This is Lune, soleil et une étoile (1968), its own spireness complimenting the mountain towers.
The northeastern edge of the courtyard, nestling into the hill.
The roof of the museum is saturated with signature quarter-round monitors, very solidly rendered in boardform concrete. Femme assise et enfant (1967) sits in front.
Forward curve, backward curve.
The vivid Jeune fille s'évadant (1967).
Three concatenated into one. In the foreground is Femme (1971).
An elemental roof spout and catchbasin.
Diagonals up and across.
In these galleries under renovation, you can see the soft daylight that the monitors and windows provide.
Back down the corner stairs, looking almost immersed in the lush vegetation outside.
One of the enclosed courtyards, with a ramp in evidence in the interior beyond.
A more angular composition, recalling a jumble of vernacular Mediterranean hillside houses.
On the way out, a striding pidge in front-right sunlight that turns the patio into a de-Chiricoesque plane.
A verdant milieu.
A whole network of floating walks.
A comfortably shaded assembly near the outer edge of the garden.