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Joan Miro Foundation: Spectacular Art Museum in Barcelona, Spain

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Joan Miró  Foundation in Barcelona exterior view in Barcelona, Spain

Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona exterior view in Barcelona, Spain

Joan Miró Foundation

Situated atop Montjuic—a high hill in Barcelona overlooking much of this beautiful city in Spain—is the art museum called the Joan Miró Foundation. Views looking down upon the city with the hills in the background are spectacular.

The artist Joan Miró created the Foundation bearing his name in 1971 and contributed many of his art pieces which make up much of the collection.

Included are the following from Miró:

  • 217 paintings
  • 153 sculptures
  • Nine textiles
  • His complete graphic works
  • Almost 5,000 drawings

The contemporary building of this museum is a work of art in itself. Architect Josep Lluis Sert designed it. Another architect by the name of Jaume Freixa worked to expand the building for display and work areas.

Bright and white spaces with plenty of skylights and windows let natural light enter the interior while allowing exterior views at the same time.

Intent and Purpose of the Foundation

The purpose of the foundation is to showcase Miró's artwork. It also promotes and exposes people to other contemporary art as well. Regular exhibitions show other artists' work.

Guided tours are available for the public, and school groups often go through this museum on weekdays. There is an auditorium plus a library utilized by the public.

You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.

— Joan Miró

Artist Joan Miró

Joan Miró was born in Barcelona in 1893 and died in Palma de Mallorca in 1983. This post does not delve into an extensive biography of Joan Miró and his art. Those interested in finding out more about this world-renowned artist and his works can easily do an Internet search of his name or click on the links at the bottom of this page.

Suffice it to say that his surrealism style of artwork is recognizable almost everywhere people look at contemporary art. Most great museums worldwide have examples of Miró's creations in them. Many people have posters and copies of his work on their walls.

Joan Miró

Joan Miró

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.

— Joan Miró

Olympic Discovery

After spending some time at the spectacular swimming games Olympic venue, my husband and I decided that we had to find a spot to cool off. The weather was so hot during the summer Olympic games in 1992. We kept drinking water and fanning ourselves. Although we were truly enjoying watching the men's diving event, we felt compelled to leave and find some respite from the heat.

CoBi was the name of Barcelona's summer games Olympic mascot. As we were leaving the swimming pools stadium—yes, there were two pools—and walking along the top of the hill, we saw CoBi all decked out in painterly garb in front of what turned out to be the Joan Miró Foundation.

The building was air-conditioned, and since both my husband and I appreciate art, we decided to spend some time inside the museum. This break from the heat during a day of the men's Olympic diving event turned out to be quite an unexpected pleasure. We probably would not have taken the time to have gone inside the museum had it been a less hot day. The result was that we were delighted to have added this visit to an outstanding art museum to our Barcelona, Spain experiences.

Olympic mascot named Cobi

Olympic mascot named Cobi

Photography Inside the Foundation

Having been at the Prado Museum in Madrid, where photography was allowed as long as one did not take the pictures using a flash, I was starting to take some photos of the paintings when a guard asked me to stop. So I only have a couple of shots already taken. In reading the brochure afterward, I realize that they probably rather sell the images via postcards or books. So that is understandable.

What amazed my husband and me was getting to see some of Joan Miró's earlier works of art, including the drawings and paintings, and seeing his progression from realism to the abstract. We also liked viewing all the colorful, fun, and eye-popping art sculptures inside and outside the beautiful building.

If you ever get the chance to visit the Joan Miró Foundation, I would heartily recommend doing so.

The director takes us through the museum in this detailed video.

Hours, Fees, and More

As of 2022, Covid protocols are still in place, and masks are required when visiting this museum. Online purchases are encouraged, but people can still secure entrance tickets in person.

Closed on Mondays, hours from Tuesday through Sunday are from 10 AM to 6 PM. No one is allowed entrance less than 30 minutes before closing time.

Regularly scheduled tours on Saturdays and Sundays are in the Catalan and Spanish languages.

General admission prices are the following:

  • Adults, 13 Euros
  • Students, 7 Euros
  • Seniors (65+), 7 Euros
  • Under 15 (or proof of unemployment), Free

Anyone can visit the onsite library, restaurant, or bookstore at no charge. For group tour pricing and more information, click on the official site under sources at the bottom of this page.

My characters have undergone the same process of simplification as the colors. Now that they have been simplified, they appear more human and alive than if they had been represented in all their details.

— Joan Miró


  • From Wikipedia: Joan Miró

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peggy Woods