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
Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.
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