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The workshop designed by Josep Lluís Sert, the property of Son Boter and the building projected by Moneo comprise the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation on Mallorca.
Son Abrines, just outside Cala Major (Palma), was the final home of Joan Miró and Ferrà (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) from 1956 until his death. The artist and his wife, Pilar Juncosa i Iglesias (Palma, 1904-1995), first reached Mallorca escaping from the entrance of German troups in Paris. Miró, son of a Catalan and a Majorcan, spent the summers on the island from his youth and it was here that he carried out his dream of having a house and a workshop where to work in peace and freedom.
The architect, Josep Luís Sert, a friend of the artist, projected what is known as the Sert Workshop. It was here where Miró, in full artistic maturity, produced large size canvases, such as those dedicated to his grandchildren, the tryptic "Bleu, I, II, III", or the mural that is now installed in the New York Museum of Modern Art. The visit to the Sert Workshop permits an introduction into the creative world of the artist, comprising canvases, paints, brushes and other objects that he collected.
In 1959 Joan Miró bought, thanks to the prize he received from the Guggenhiem Museum of New York, the Son Boter property, next to Son Abrines, where he installed an etching workshop and left numerous graffiti on the walls. The Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation on Mallorca is the result of Joan Miró's last will. It was built in 1981, when the artist and his wife gave the workshops and their contents, made up principally of paintings, collages, graphic work, sculptures and sketches to the Palma Town Council.
The Moneo building, projected by the architect Rafael Moneo, was opened in 1992 with the aim of holding the Foundation, of exhibiting in rotation a series of paintings, drawings, graphic work and sculptures by Miró and of holding temporary exhibitions dedicated mainly to young artists.
Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca
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