Conversation between M. J. Balsach and Pilar Bonet on the work of Joan Miró and the artist as a medium

  • Day: January 25, 2018
  • Time: 19:00h
  • Space: Auditorium
  • Free activity

After the development of a critical investigation of the history of art through the work of the museum’s collection, from Es Baluard we propose a series of activities around the case of study begun in 2017 : “Miró místic”, a new approach to the work of Joan Miró, which was presented to the Observatori under the title “Vectors and case studies of the collection” from June 23 to April 1, October 2017.

The planned activities of “Miró Mistic” include the talk between the two professors, Pilar Bonet (University of Barcelona) and M. J. Balsach (University of Girona) on the work of Joan Miró and the artist as a medium.

M. J. Balsach is a professor at the Department of Art History at the University of Girona).
He is a member of the executive committee of the Miró Chair of the International Research Group Joan Miró. The Miró Chair is a joint initiative of the Joan Miró Foundation and of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), whose objective is to go deeper into the study and dissemination of Joan Miró. The chair focuses on two core activities: the Joan Miró International Research Group and the Joan Miró Foundation – UOC.
She is the author of “Joan Miró: cosmogonies of an original world 1918-1939” (2007).

Pilar Bonet is a critic and historian of art. Doctor in History of Art and graduate in Medieval History from the University of Barcelona, ​​where he is a professor. He has received numerous awards and research awards, among them the Pilar Juncosa Prize of the Miró Foundation in Palma.
She is curator of historical exhibitions that contemplate Spanish avant-garde art as well as others dedicated to contemporary artists, collaborating with museums and centers of contemporary art. Prize for the artistic program of the Catalan Association of Art Critics (ACCA) in 1997, for exhibition with the 1999 Premis Espais and for the Production Centers (ACCA) in 2013. She is the president of the Josefa Tolrà Association (1880-1959), dedicated to the research and dissemination of the legacy of this medium and artist.


– For dreams and hallucinations in which altered states of consciousness lead to parallel realities. For those images that I saw on the wall in times of extreme poverty, the etheric journeys through painting, the ability to extract the essence, from that non-place, and reveal messages that changed the way we see the world and the art.

– By the individual and collective unconscious and the ambiguity of the symbols: Carl G. Jung, Sigmund Freud, André Masson, André Breton and the strength of surrealism in him.
– For the gesture as a shamanic act of creation, which was already practiced with an ancestral character and in the pictorial actions of known and unknown artists of the mediumistic artists to Marcel Duchamp – who unveiled automatism in New York. Because of the transcendence of adopting it in a quiet and effective way, painting inwards.
– For the relationship with religions, the cult of the land of primitive peoples, the Spanish mystics, the Tibetan emptiness, the dark sonority and the weightlessness of Zen, Sufism, Akash and the traces of women, moons and goddesses .
– By the light and color with which he represented the being between the earth and the sky.
– For the alchemy of materials, the metamorphosis of objects and their gravitation, the color of dreams, the use of ascension codes and expanded nights.
– For the stars, the constellations, the affirmation of the human soul diluted in its immensity and the unfolding of time.
– For writing to a friend expressing: «I believe in the dark forces». *
* “I Believe in obscure forces” in Rowell, M. (ed.). Selected Writings and Interviews. New YorK: Da Capo Press, 1992. p.275.

mèdium Miró Vectors
25th January 2017 → 25th January 2017