The Miró Triangle comprises three sites – three emotional landscapes which help us gain a deeper understanding of the work and spirit of Joan Miró.
The three vertices of the triangle are: Barcelona, with the – Fundació Joan Miró – the landmark for viewing and researching the output of the artist’s entire career; Mont-roig, with the Fundació Mas Miró, which reveals his roots, his land, his inspiration – the point of departure and origin of his creative quest; and Mallorca, with the – Fundació Miró Mallorca – the studio he had always dreamed of and the art he produced over three decades on his island refuge.
Barcelona, Mont-roig, Mallorca. Inspiration, architecture and art. Three landmarks, the three vertices of a triangle that is essential for understanding the overall body of Miró’s work.
“All my work is conceived in Mont-roig.” The origins of Joan Miró’s work and his artistic universe can be traced back to this Tarragona village and, more specifically, to Mas Miró and its surrounding landscape. It was here, in 1911 following an illness, that the artist decided to devote himself fully to painting. Mas Miró was the model for La masia (The Farm), the artist’s most emblematic painting from his figurative stage. It was also the place where the seeds of his later work germinated and matured and where his complex language of symbols took shape. Mas Miró is made up of a series of buildings dating back to different periods, ranging from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
Fundació Miró Mallorca is a unique place in the world. A cultural center that allows the visitors to discover the art of Joan Miró and study the creative process in the place where the artist lived and worked for almost 30 years. For Joan Miró, Mallorca meant an extraordinary place of creation in peace and freedom. At the age of 63 he settled permanently in Son Abrines, Cala Mayor, where he finally had his “dreamed” studio, the Sert Studio.
At present, the Fundació has a collection of about 7,000 works and is made up of three remarkable buildings that form one of Mallorca’s most important architectural ensembles: the Sert Studio where Miró started working in 1956, designed by Miró’s friend, the architect Josep Lluís Sert; Son Boter, a late 18th century Mallorcan house which the artist used as a second painting and sculpture studio; and the Moneo Building, the Fundació’s headquarters, designed by Rafael Moneo and opened in 1992. The first two buildings have been declared Items of Cultural Heritage (BIC according to the Spanish acronym).