Joan Miró in Istanbul…
November 20, 2013 – January 19, 2014
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Centre
Following the successful Salvador Dali exhibition hosted by Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in collaboration with Kült last year, we are proud to present Joan Miró, one of the most inspirational artists of the 20th century, featuring 60-odd works from the famous Mourlot and Maeght collections to be exhibited at Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Centre between November 20, 2013 and January 19, 2014.
Described by André Breton, author of the first Surrealist Manifesto (1924), as “the most Surrealist of us all,” Miró’s childlike and playful paintings will introduce the audience to a fantastical world where bright colours, biomorphic creatures, arabesques, women, birds, the sun and the stars are meticulously sprinkled on a celestial landscape.
Joan Miró stands out among modern masters for the wit, spontaneity and poetic optimism that pervade his work.
His early work with Catalan landscapes, which clearly shows the influence of Fauvism and Cubism, took a Surrealist turn with the “dream paintings” he produced in the early 1920s. As a result of the Spanish Civil War, Miró’s Catalan identity and inner conflicts became more pronounced in his work during the 1930s. In these turbulent years of violence and mental anguish, the dream-like environments he created were now being swarmed with brutality, twisted and deformed figures and darker tones.
This mental state, however, didn’t discourage Miró from experimenting with unorthodox combinations of material and juxtaposing unrelated imagery for a calculated ‘initial shock’. The result of his findings is perhaps his greatest contribution to art: a new language of signs and symbols. Miró considered “art to be in decline since the cave paintings,” and always constructed his own universe of signs and symbols with the spontaneity of a primitive artist, and his goal to reach this type of ‘innocence’ is perhaps his most distinguishing trait.
Miró for Kids
Children’s Art Workshop
With Doğa Schools’ support, an inspiring workshop for children will be set up in the exhibition area. Children will be colouring Miró’s paintings, painting their own murals, and their works will then be screened with a projector set. The works of the children will share a common denominator Miró’s works, which in essence strived to conjure the same kind of innocence, authenticity, and playfulness.
Under the supervision of Doğa Schools’ experienced staff, children of different age groups will get to increase their creativity while blending the lively colours of their world with that of Miró’s.