Miró, la peinture au défi

The exhibition brings together 64 pieces by the artist at the Villa Paloma, from 23 September to 25 October 2020.From Wednesday 23 September to Sunday 25 October 2020, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco - Villa Paloma

With one of Miró’s works - generously donated by his grandson Joan Punyet Miró– due be auctioned on 24 September at the Monte Carlo Gala for Planetary Health organised by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in aid of efforts to protect the oceans, the Earth and humanity, it was the ideal opportunity for the Principality to discover the extraordinary talent of this "international Catalan", whose work left an indelible impression on the history of painting.

The exhibition, which includes over fifty paintings, three sculptures and a fine collection of collages and drawings, covers the breadth of the Catalan artist's career. 

In particular, it shines a light on the creation of the Ballet "Jeux d’enfants", for which Joan Miró designed sets and costumes in 1932 for the Ballets Russes de Monte-Carlo, as well as more radical and lesser-known works from the 1960s and 70s. 

" Miró La peinture au défi" looks at the artist's tireless and persistent efforts to challenge the means of his pictorial practice. 


Joan Miró was born in Barcelona in 1893, but the emotional landscapes that shaped him as a person and an artists are mainly those of Mont-roig, Paris and Majorca, and later those of New York and Japan. The small town of Mont-roig in the Baix Camp region of Catalonia was a counterpoint to the intellectual ferment of his life with the surrealist poets in 1920s Paris, and to the stimulus of discovering Abstract Expressionism in New York in the forties. Some time later, in the midst of World War II, Joan Miró returned from exile in France and settled in Palma de Mallorca, which became his refuge and workplace and where his friend Josep Lluís Sert designed the studio of his dreams.