'Materiality and Metamorphosis' Joan Miró at Palazzo Zabarella

85 works by the Catalan master for the first time in Italy

From 10 March 2018 to 22 July 2018

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From 10 March to 22 July, exhibitions in Padua in 2018 are featuring an event of international importance: 'Joan Miró: Materiality and Metamorphosis'.

85 works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages and tapestries, will be exhibited at Palazzo Zabarella in a major exhibition investigating the way the famous Catalan surrealist approached art. The fascinating selection of works on view at the Mirò exhibition in Padua aims to capture Miró’s visual thought, his working techniques involving all five senses and the processes of elaboration of his creations.

As suggested by the title itself, 'Materiality and metamorphosis' - Juan Mirò exhibition in Padua – presents the transformation of matter and metamorphosis as the key to understanding Mirò’s production, focusing on the physical nature of the mediums used by the artist and the transformation of materials, which underpinned Mirò's artistic activity.

When observed in its entirety, the multiplicity and diversity of materials and techniques used by Mirò is truly remarkable: from newspaper pages to ropes and felt, Japanese papers to sand, bags and trays, without neglecting the 'tools', from acrylic oils and colors to plasters, graphite, egg tempera, enamel paint, stencils and decalcomania. In this exploration of materials, perhaps equaled only by Paul Klee, Joan Miró expanded the boundaries of the artistic production techniques in the 20th century. In addition to this, he was able to elaborate a new symbolic language that has shaped the course of modern art in an indissoluble way.

In the Mirò exhibition in Padova in 2018, objects become visual signs: tapestry thread skeins are splashes of color, in earlier collages iron wire replaces the drawing line, paper takes the form of a canvas as a support... The artist works in a continuous experimentation in search of new means of expression and equivalence, where everything is constantly changing. Morphology could be seen as the operative principle of his work but, despite being defined as a variation of form, substance and physical structure, the key to interpreting Mirò should not be sought in science or biology but in the transformation and logic of his work method. Challenging the very concept of specificity of the medium, Joan Mirò took on at the same time the role of author and transgressor of the form of modernism of the 20th century as a painter and anti-painter.

Joan Miro exhibition in Italy documents six decades of rich and varied artistic activity (1924-1981) through a selection of works exhibited for the first time. The vicissitudes of the works at the Joan Mirò exhibition in Padua are rather fascinating: between 2004 and 2006, the Banco Português de Negociósle purchased the works from an important Japanese private collection. In 2008 the Banco was nationalized and the works passed into the hands of the Portuguese state. During a period of economic difficulty, the state then tried to sell the collection by auctioning it at Christie's in London. The decision caused so much sensation that the sale was halted. Mirò’s works remained therefore in Portugal, but were only exhibited in Porto and Lisbon and now, for the first time, they have been brought to Italy at Palazzo Zabarella for one of the most awaited Padova exhibitions in 2018.

The Mirò exhibition Padua at Palazzo Zabarella is an exhibition you cannot miss! The unconventional approach of curator Robert Luba, one of the greatest current experts on Mirò, which focuses on the transfiguration of matter, has made it possible to display numerous original artworks, probably different from those that inhabit Mirò’s collective imagination!

Joan Miro in brief

Despite his studies and early working experiences in the commercial field, Joan Mirò (1893-1983) always managed to cultivate his great passion for art and painting. After a devastating nervous breakdown, which affected him at the age of 18, he finally decided to devote himself entirely to what was no longer just a mere passion. After his academic studies and a first solo exhibition at the Galeries Dalmau in 1918, in 1920 Mirò moved to Paris where he met Picasso and the Tristan Tzara dada artists. He lived between Paris, Palma de Mallorca and Mont-roig del Camp, receiving many awards. In 1972 he created the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona.

He is considered one of the most radical exponents of Surrealism, an artist capable of showing without hesitation his aversion to conventional painting to create, through essential forms and decisive colors, works belonging almost to a dreamlike world.


Mirò Exhibition 2018 Times and special openings

  • Tuesday to Sunday, 9.30 to 19.00 (ticket office closes at 18.15)
  • Wednesday 25 and Monday 30 April, Tuesday 1 May, Saturday 2 and Wednesday 13 June, 9.30 to 19.00 (ticket office closes at 18.15)

Mirò Exhibition Padua Tickets

  • Adult €13.00
  • Concessions €11.00 - over 65, young people aged 18 to 25, disabled persons, teachers and employees of the University of Padua, teachers of the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice
  • Concessions for children 6 to 17 years €7.00
  • Reduced ticket €7.00 - only from Tuesday to Friday students of the University of Padua and students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice
  • Free - children up to 5 years (not in a school group), those accompanying visitors with disabilities
By Insidecom Editorial Staff


Period: From 10 March 2018 to 22 July 2018

Event location: Palazzo Zabarella, Padua

Contacts: more details and tickets at www.zabarella.it/en/expositions/italiano-joan-miro-materialita-e-metamorfosi/

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