A major new retrospective exhibition of Spanish artist Joan Miró opens in London next week.
The Tate Modern gallery’s publicity explains that the exhibition aims to “trace the anxious and politically engaged side to Miró’s work that reflects his passionate response to one of the most turbulent periods in European history”.
The artist worked in Barcelona and Paris, reflecting responses to the Spanish Civil War and the first months of the Second World War in France.
The exhibition will include key early works concerned with the land of Catalonia, and will go on to explore Miró’s responses to the Spanish Civil War and the fall of France between 1935 and 1941.
It includes works showing his euphoria over the decline and demise of Franco’s regime from 1968 to 1975.
Telling the story of Miró’s life and the times he witnessed reveals a darker intensity to many of his works.
The exhibition showcases more than 150 works from the artist who died in 1983.
Miró, Tate Modern, London
14 April to 11 September 2011