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Joan Miró in Monaco, exhibit La Peinture au défi at Nouveau Musée National Monaco

Galerie Gmurzynska is proud to present La Peinture au défi, an exhibition encompassing 65 works of Joan Miró at Nouveau Musée National Monaco, Villa Paloma.

The exhibition is a return for Miró to Monte-Carlo where he worked on Diaghilev’s 1932 Ballets Russes, the Jeux d` Enfants. The very painting used in the original ballet will return to Monaco for the first time, making it one of the highlights of the exhibition.

“One of the merits of this exhibition is to remind us that the painter created the stage curtain, sets, costumes and props for the ballet Jeux d’enfants. Knowing this enables us to fully appreciate the good fortune of the Monegasque public when the music of George Bizet, a libretto by Boris Kochno, choreography by Léonide Massine, the unparalleled talent of the Ballets Russes and the inimitable visual language of Joan Miró were brought together in the Principality in 1932. The stage photographs and correspondence between Kochno and the painter from the collection of the NMNM give evidence of this tremendous encounter,” – HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Joan Miró in Monaco
Painting (Mediterranean Landscape), 1930. All photos courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska

“This exhibition was born out of the time of Covid-19 in order to create some happiness in unruly times” envisions curator Isabelle Bscher, co-owner of Galerie Gmurzynska. “In his paintings, he offered escape from the horrors of the First World War, the Second World War and the Spanish Civil War. This exhibition spans from great dreamscapes of the 1920s to the work of the 1970s, which sometimes veer towards the destruction of painting. All through his life, Miró was a great revolutionary – all the while being a humanitarian opposing extremism and the repression of ideas,” she added.

The show is a unique opportunity to experience these distinct bodies of work from the formative working periods of Miró, allowing a glimpse into the artistic concerns and methodologies employed by this Modern Master at a time of significant political and social transformations in Western Europe.

Galerie Gmurzynska expresses their sincere gratitude to HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover and HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco for their immense help and support in organizing this exhibition.

Joan Miró in Monaco
Painting (The Circus Horse), 1925. All photos courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska

Our infinite thanks to Joan Punyet Miró, who turned this dream into reality in an unbelievable timeline. An excellent artist himself, Joan is a very active defender of the environment and import advocate for sustainability making him the perfect partner for an exhibition coinciding with the Prince Albert II Monaco Foundation`s immense efforts to preserve our Oceans and environment, a fight in which it has been at the forefront since its inception.

Special thanks to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Nouveau Musée National Monaco,  Successió Miró and the Fundación MAPFRE.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition with essays by Joan Punyet Miró, Joachim Pissarro, Robert Lubar Messeri Jérôme Neutres, Clara Montero, Bernardo Laniado-Romero.

The exhibition is on view now through 25 October 2020 at Nouveau Musée National Monaco in Villa Paloma at 56 Boulevard du Jardin Exotique, Monaco.

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