The Joan Miró Foundation celebrates its 40th anniversary

On the 10th of June the exhibition space will celebrate its birthday with an open day, concerts, screenings, culinary delights and other activities

The Joan Miró Foundation has decided to transform its 40th anniversary celebrations into a party. As a result, from 5 pm to 11 pm on the 10th of June entry will be free into the permanent collection as well as the temporary exhibitions Prophetia and In construction 1973-75, the latter of which features photographic images of the construction of the building by Joaquim Gomis.

As part of the celebrations the building's auditorium will host a screening of the documentary J.L. Sert: A nomadic dream, which tells of the life of the architect of the building from his early youth in Barcelona to his arrival at Harvard University.

The celebrations will also take place outside the foundation, with culinary caravans and tables in the street and a wide range of activities divided into three sections: Time for Family, Time for Friends and Time for All, which will include dance performances, workshops, guided tours and a soul and rhythm 'n' blues concert by Flamingo Tours.

The 10th will also be the starting point for other initiatives designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the foundation. For instance, from the 10th up until the 31st of December anyone born in 1975 is free to collect their free yearly pass to the foundation. On another note there will be a social network photography competition that consists of taking a photograph that captures the photographer's link with the foundation and uploading it to Twitter or Instagram using tag @fundaciomiro and hashtag #hemcrescutjunts. A jury will select the winning entry and the winner will receive a two-day stay for two people in Saint-Paul-de-Vence plus free entry to the Maeght Foundation for contemporary art.

Also this year the foundation's permanent collection will be extended and renovated to include the Kazumasa Katsuta collection. The programme for the coming season will include exhibitions by Alfons Borrell, Ignasi Aballí, the Joan Miró 2015 Award Winner, and an exhibition focussing on Joan Miró and the object, among others.

Half way to the summit of Montjuic, the Joan Miró Foundation opened its doors on the 10th of June, 1975. Conceived by Joan Miró himself, the exhibition centre was based on the artist's ideas of how to encourage knowledge and dissemination of art by looking towards the future, towards discovery, and towards debate. Rather than merely a museum of collections, the Miró Foundation was designed as a contemporary arts centre for projects with an eye on the future, a concept that is captured in the architecture of the building itself, a welcoming, living design by Josep Lluís Sert that possesses its own personality and is not in the least anchored in the past.

Over the years the foundation has hosted exhibitions by Alexander Calder, Rothko, Chillida, Pipilotti Rist and Magritte and has fostered artistic experimentation and new artists through its spaces Espai 10 and, at a later date, Espai 13.

The celebration of this significant anniversary, then, is a joint, collective celebration with activities for people of all ages. The event can be followed on Twitter using hashtag #hemcrescutjunts.

40th anniversary of the Joan Miró Foundation

When: from the10th of June, from 5pm up to 11pm

Tickets: free entrance

Where: Fundació Joan Miró

More information here

Publication date: Friday, 05 June 2015
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