Joan Miró


Date: 1978

Technique: Wax colours and two colour photographs by Tomás Montserrat on paper

Dimensions: 37,5 x 58,5 cm

Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma, Serra Collection long-term loan

Reg. no.: 23

Not on display

From a very young age Joan Miró visited Mallorca as a result of his family ties to the island (his mother was from the island), a link that intensified after his marriage to Pilar Juncosa, who was also of Mallorcan origin. In 1956 Miró chose the island as his definitive place of residence because he found the peace and quiet he yearned for here.

His esteem for Mallorca was reciprocated by Mallorcan society in the form of two tributes to his work included in the special issues of two important island newspapers owned by editor Pere A. Serra with whom he was great friends: the issue of the Majorca Daily Bulletin from 31st December 1967, which published a selection of poems and writing by different authors, and the special issue of the papers Última Hora and Majorca Daily Bulletin dedicated to Mirò’s 85th birthday. This was a unique moment, the year 1978, when the city of Palma de Mallorca threw itself into the celebrations with different ceremonies to honour the artist: a large retrospective exhibition in La Llonja and the preview of the play Mori el Merma in the Teatre Principal (for which he collaborated with the drama group La Claca on the production of the set and the characters).

Miró wanted to collaborate on the issues promoted by Pere A. Serra by creating the alphabet drawings that headed the pages which covered the dedications by people from the world of culture in alphabetical. He also created the original composition for the cover of both issues, which now forms part of Es Baluard’s permanent collection.


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