Joan Miro Foundation

Fundació Joan Miró

One of the most important museums of Barcelona bears the name of Joan Miro (1893-1983), its famous artist, sculptor and citizen born here. This peculiar building, which sits on Montjuic hill, was designed by a prominent architect and close friend of Miro, Josep Lluis Sert, especially for the museum. Rational snow-white building contrasts with the surrounding green landscape while a typical Mediterranean patio, a system of arches and passages fill museum’s halls and galleries with sunlight. Presented by Miro to the city and completed with art collections of Miro’s admirers, the greatest set of the artist’s works was presented to public in 1975. Placed chronologically throughout these spacious halls, the display reflects every artistic period and technique of Miro’s work, starting from his childhood when he was 8 years old through the surrealism and fauvism to abstract paintings. There are all kinds of masterpieces at this museum, from great canvas to small book illustrations, and from intricate small statues to some huge simplified sculptures in the garden outside the building.

In Miro's bright and vibrant paintings filled with vivid colors a special emphasis was made on such images as Moon and the stars, birds and women (Man and Woman in Front of a Pile of Excrement (1936), Women and Birds at Sunrise (1946), The Gold of the Azure (1967)). This museum also gives an opportunity to see some masterpieces presented to Miro by other outstanding artists and sculptors, such as Antoni Tapies, Eduardo Chillida, Henry Moore, Marcel Duchamp. Here you will also meet the unique Mercury fountain by Alexander Calder. The museum often hosts modern art exhibitions.

You will also come across Miro's creations in the city streets. If you land in the T2 of Barcelona's airport you can go sightseeing straight away. In 1970 Joan Miro and his friend ceramist Josep Llorens decorated the terminal's facade with bright ceramics measuring 5x9 meters.

Miro park, located next to Las Arenas shopping mall, features the last masterpiece of the artist, a 22 meter high sculpture named Dona i Ocell (Woman and Bird).

A few steps from the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Casa Bruno Cuadros, near Liceu metro station and Plaça de la Boqueria there is a masterpiece right under your foot, on the pavement – this bright mosaic was made by Joan Miro. It is no coincidence that in 1976 the artist decided to place it here. This part of the Rambla boulevard is located not far from 4 Passatge del Crédit, where Miro was born.

After you enjoy Miro’s creations, you might want to have something to eat, in which case you can drop by the museum’s restaurant or walk up to 31 Avinguda de Miramar to taste some fine delicacies in El Xalet de Montjuic, a restaurant offering great panoramic terrace views over the city. Excellent Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine and quick service. Open daily: 1 pm – 4 pm, 8 pm – 12 am.

Address: Parc de Montjuïc
Opening hours: October - June Tue-Wed, Fri-Sat 10 am – 7 pm, Thu 10 am – 2.30 pm; July - September Tue-Wed, Fri-Sat 10 am – 8 pm, Thu 10 am – 9 pm, Sun and holidays 10 am – 2.30 pm; сlosed on Mondays, except for holidays; one of the 6 city museums available for visit with a single ticket without waiting in lines (Barcelona Museum Pass).
How to reach: by Funicular from metro Paral•lel, by bus 150 from metro Espanya, by bus 55 from mento Catalunya
Coordinates: 41.368423, 2.159875