When asked about the nature of sculpture, Joan Miró said, “sculpture must stand in the open air, in the middle of nature.” Yorkshire Sculpture Park is putting that belief into practice with the first ever major UK exhibition of sculpture by Joan Miró. Although his sculptures received less acclaim than his paintings, Miró described the act of creating three dimensional objects as a critical part of his creative process and one that he increasingly focused on from the 1960s until his death.
Miro: Sculptor includes 79 sculptures by Miró who began experimenting with collage and sculptural beginnings around 1930. He went on produce a lifetime total of almost 400 sculptures. This exhibit displays an impressive range of work in Miró’s sculpting history beginning with the 1946 bronze Oiseau Solaire sculptures to Personnage created in 1982, a year before his death.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park opened in 1977 and is dedicated to offering sculptures of the 20th century in a natural landscape. With a goal to break down the barriers between art and the public, YSP encourages visitors to interact with the art that is often kept at a distance from viewers in traditional museums.
Since Miró’s sculptures rarely travel outside of his native Spain, Miro: Sculptor is a great opportunity to experience a surrealist master’s passion for diverse mediums and a boundless sense of creativity.