Josep Lluís Sert, who spent the years of the Franco dictatorship as dean of the School of Design at Harvard University, designed one of the greatest museum buildings in the world on his return. Approachable, light and airy, these white walls and arches house a collection of more than 225
paintings, 150 sculptures and all of Miró’s graphic work, plus some 5,000 drawings. The permanent collection, highlighting Miró’s trademark use of primary colours and simplified organic forms symbolising stars, the moon, birds and women, occupies the second half of the space. On the way to the sculpture gallery is Alexander Calder’s rebuilt Mercury Fountain, originally seen at the Spanish Republic’s Pavilion at the 1937 Paris Fair. In other works, Miró is shown as a cubist (Street in Pedralbes, 1917), naive (Portrait of a Young Girl, 1919) and surrealist (Man and Woman in Front of a Pile of Excrement, 1935). In the upper galleries, large, black-outlined paintings from Miró’s final period precede a room of works with political themes.
Open July-Sept 10am-8pm Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat; 10am-9.30pm Thur; 10am-2.30pm Sun. Oct-June 10am-7pm Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat; 10am-9.30pm Thur; 10am-2.30pm Sun.
Guided tours Temporary exhibitions 11.30pm Sat. Permanent exhibition 11.30pm Sun
All exhibitions €11; €7 reductions. Temporary exhibitions €7; €5 reductions.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10.00-19.00 (October- June)
10.00-20.00 (july – September)
Thursday: 10.00 – 21.30
Sunday: 10.00 – 14.30