Joan Miró - La Masía

Joan Miró
’La Masía’ (1921-2)
National Gallery of Art, Washington
© Estate of Joan Miro

Joan Miró: 'The Ladder of Escape' at NGA Washington

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, presents 'Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape', featuring some 120 paintings and works on paper that span Joan Miró's entire career. May 6–August 12, 2012.

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Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 – Palma de Mallorca, 1983) is one of the most original and iconic modern masters. Throughout his career, Miró developed a Surrealist language of colors and symbols that is widely regarded as one of the main influences for Abstract Expressionism

"Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape" reveals the politically engaged side of Miró, reflecting the artist's passionate response to one of the most turbulent periods in European history that included two world wars, the Spanish Civil War, and the decades-long dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Through it all, Miró maintained a fierce devotion to his native Catalonia, a region in northern Spain.

"Telling the story of Miró's life and the times that he witnessed reveals a dark intensity of many of his works. Behind the engaging innocence of his style lie a profound concern for humanity and a sense of personal identity," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art, Washington. "The Gallery is honored to be the only U.S. venue for this landmark exhibition, and we are grateful to the many lenders, both public and private, who made the exhibition possible."

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