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Miró in the Rijksmuseum gardens


Joan Miró, Tête, 1974. Courtesy Van Rappard. Photo: Paul Laster © 2015 

Miró in the Rijksmuseum gardens

By PAUL LASTER, AUG. 2015

A stunning exhibition of sculpture that surrounds the newly renovated Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, “Miró in the Rijksmuseum gardens” features 21 of Joan Miró’s most iconic works in bronze, mixed amongst historical pieces by other artists in the museum’s permanent collection and the garden’s luscious landscaping.

The exhibition highlights two forms of the Spanish Surrealist’s sculptures: assemblages of found objects from nature and daily life—ranging from stones and tree trunks to mannequins and pitchforks—and voluminous figures with round and sensual shapes, which are reminiscent of his painted figures. 

Curated by Alfred Pacquement, the former director of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the show includes works that have never been exhibited—such as the 1966 sculpture Oiseau lunaire, which never left the commissioning party’s warehouse—and major pieces from 1966 to 1982, that are on loan from international museums and private collections.

Scroll through the photographs below to see s16 of the artist’s amazing sculptural works in situ at the historical Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. WM

 

Joan Miró, Oiseau lunaire,1966. Courtesy Beyeler Foundation. Photo: Paul Laster © 2015

Joan Miró, Femme-monument, 1970. Courtesy Fondation Maeght. Photo: Paul Laster © 2015

Joan Miró, Personnage, 1970. Courtesy Fondation Maeght. Photo: Paul Laster © 2015

Joan Miró, La caresse d’un oiseau, no date. Courtesy Fondation Maeght. Photo: Paul Laster © 2015

Joan Miró, Femme, 1981. Courtesy Museum Burda, Baden Baden. Photo: Paul Laster © 2015

Joan Miró, Personnage gothique, oiseau éclair, 1976. Courtesy Pilar & Juan Miro, Mallorca / Mrs. Elvira Camarra. Photo: Paul Laster © 2015

Joan Miró, Torse, 1969. Courtesy Van Rappard. Photo: Paul Laster © 2015

Joan Miró, Femme, 1970. Courtesy Fondation Miro (L) and
Maternité, 1973 Courtesy José Ramon Bauza and Mrs. Maria Dulce Garcia (R). Photo: Paul Laster © 2015

Joan Miró, Femme et Oiseau, no date. Courtesy Fondation Maeght. Photo: Paul Laster © 2015

Joan Miró, Figure, 1976. Courtesy Van Rappard. Photo: Paul Laster © 2015

Joan Miró, Constellation, 1972. Courtesy Van Rappard. Photo: Paul Laster © 2015

Joan Miró, Personnage, 1975. Courtesy Van Rappard. Photo: Paul Laster © 2015

Joan Miró, Oiseau solaire, 1966. Courtesy Galerie Lelong. Photo: Paul Laster © 2015

Joan Miró, Personnage, 1967. Courtesy Beyeler Foundation (L) and Femme debout, 1969. Courtesy Succession Miro (R). Photo: Paul Laster © 2015


Miró in the Rijksmuseum gardens remains on view through October 11, 2015.  

 

 

Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, independent curator, artist and lecturer. He is a New York desk editor at ArtAsiaPacific and a contributing editor at Whitehot and artBahrain. He was the founding editor of Artkrush.com and Artspace.com and art editor of Flavorpill.com and Russell Simmons's OneWorld Magazine; started TheDailyBeast.com's art section; and worked as a photojournalist for Artnet.com and Art in America. He is a frequent contributor to Time Out New York, New York Observer, Modern Painters, ArtPulse and ArtInfo.com.

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