Gallery Recreates Miro Studio

LONDON -- “My dream, once I am able to settle down somewhere, is to have a very large studio', Joan Miró, 1938.

Although not bathed in Majorca's light, a London studio has recreated in minute detail the Mediterranean sunshine island studio of Spanish painter Joan Miro.

Barcelona gallery Mayoral has reproduced the furniture, household items and painting materials found in the studio that inspired the surrealist painter.

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"The studio offered Miro a suitable working environment," said Joan Punyet Miro, the artist's grandson who collaborated on the project. "When he closed the door behind him, he knew he was cutting all contact with the outside world and entering into his imaginary universe," he added.

"This imaginary space... was arranged upon a background of Mediterranean light, colors, and shapes."

Marking 60 years since Joan Miró’s (1893-1983) studio was founded in Majorca in 1956, Mayoral presents an immersive exhibition recreating Miró’s atelier, curated by Elvira Cámara, Director of The Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró in Majorca and produced in collaboration with historian Joan Punyet Miró, the artist’s grandson.

The recreated studio contains 25 paintings and drawings by the artist, who was born in Barcelona in 1893 and died in Majorca in 1983.

The studio’s original contents, including a pair of overalls splashed with bright yellow paint -- instantly recognizable to any lover of Miró’s work -- cannot move. Instead the Mayoral brothers are collecting replicas and will reproduce the paint-spattered canvas serving as a rug, and are trying to find someone to weave a copy of the sinister palm leaf sun-face that hangs from the ceiling, identical to one owned by Picasso.

Elvira Camara, curator of the "Miro's Studio" project, said it would bring to a London audience the "artist's final creative stage, which saw the culmination of his brilliant human and artistic process".

Miro opened his studio in 1956 on the Balearic island where the artist had taken his family during World War II, saying it had been "my dream, once I am able to settle down somewhere, to have a very large studio". The Majorca site became a refuge for Miró and he would work, unrelentingly, from there for over quarter of a century, until his death in 1983.

The studio was designed by the artist's close friend Josep Lluis Sert, a renowned Catalan architect.The pair were forced to work together via letter as Sert was exiled in the United States, and their notes are also on display in the studio exhibit. These important documents are included in a second space of the exhibition, where visitors can learn more about the extraordinary artistic output of the studio through archive imagery and the personal effects of the artist.

The original studio is in the Majorcan capital Palma, and is now part of a complex featuring a museum, library and sculpture garden.

The London installation will be open to the public from January 21 until February 12, before traveling to New York (March 3-8).

Mayoral at 6 Duke Street, St James's, London SW1Y 6BN
21 January – 12 February 2016

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