Charme und Poesie der Farben
24.07. – 08.09.2019
The exhibition “Charm and Poetry of Colours” presents 90 signed single sheets from the lithography series Mirós, mainly illustrations to poems, as well as 15 historical posters.
At the beginning of his artistic work Joan Miró was inspired by the manycurrents of his time. In cosmopolitan Paris, which became one of the most important stages of his life, the young painter met Dadaist poets and surrealist artist colleagues. For many of his contemporaries, poetry and visual art were inseparably linked. The literary debates that inspired the artist meetings confirmed Miró in his serious and uncompromising search to break with the conventions of painting and poetry and to give poetry a visual expression.
“The poets Masson introduced me to were more interested in me than the painters I met in Paris”, he noted, and consequently described his work not as painting but as “peinture-poemes”. He radically reduced his visual and formal language and explored the broad spectrum of artistic possibilities such as drawing, lithography and etching. In particular, Joan Miró recognized the various print making techniques as a tried and tested means of making his art experienceable and affordable for the masses.
In the late 1940s he began to work in the printing workshop of Fernand Mourlot in Paris, which was also used by Pablo Picasso, George Braque and Henri Matisse. The resulting works – mostly from the mid-1950s until the artist’s death – earned him special recognition. Lithography gained a great importance in the artist’s work and became his preferred technique. In lithography Miró found an art form that for him combined spontaneity, intuition and expressiveness. Miró worked on the stone slabswith brushes and brushes and even with his bare fingers. He was inspired by the atmosphere of the print shop and the smell of the printer’s inks and played with surprising and unpredictable effects.
Most of the works shown in the Künstlerhaus in Munich originate from this second half of his life. The poetry of his friends Paul Éluard, Tristan Tzara, René Char, André Frénaud, Michel Leiris and Raymond Queneau is as much reflected here as poetry written by Miró himself.