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MEMORIES AND DREAMS:

MIRó'S GARDEN

2022.12.10-2023.3.10

Joan Miró's creative style underwent transitions from Fauvism and Realism to Surrealism. During his youth, Miró lived in Paris for an extended period, where his interactions with Surrealist poets were immensely beneficial. Poetry broadened his horizons, leading him away from the Realist creative philosophy. This exhibition displays three series of Miró's original pictorial poems. In these works, poetry and painting form a whole, with painting enhancing the expressiveness of the text and the text enhancing the narrative quality of the painting. The ingenious combination of the two creates an infinite space of imagination for the audience.

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The flight of the lark, 1973, Mixed technique:GOUCHE AND INK ON PAPER, 30 x 25cm © Successió Miró/ADAGP, Paris-SACK, Seoul, 2022

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Some Flowers for Friends, 1962, Lithograph printed in color and pochoir, 41 x 32.5cm © Successió Miró/ADAGP, Paris-SACK, Seoul, 2022

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Emma Talbot, 21st Century   Herbal, 2022, Acrylic on silk, Overall dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist

Joan Miró (1893-1983) is one of the significant figures in the 20th-century Modernism art movement. As a pioneer of Surrealist art, Miró often employed colors and forms in a symbolic manner, crafting intricate compositions and fluid linear styles. He combined abstract elements with recurring motifs (such as birds, eyes, and the moon) to depict the rich and variable inner world of humanity. As an abstract artist of renown, on par with Picasso, Miró's paintings are filled with irrational artistry, with lines and colors freely flowing from the artist's brush, resembling poetry composed of dream-like associations and arbitrary wordplay. This exhibition has carefully selected 20 exemplary works created by Miró, utilizing a variety of materials including watercolor, gouache, Chinese ink, oil paint, and even textiles, showcasing the comprehensive style of Miró's paintings in a highly representative manner.

Miró's themes include children, the sun, the moon, stars, birds, eyes, and ladders. The artist simplifies shapes, lines, and colors in his paintings, minimizing the elements to schematize figures and objects. In Miró's view, form is more important than color in painting; he believed that once the form is established, colors will naturally emerge.

This exhibition has meticulously selected 20 exemplary works by Miró, created using a diverse range of materials such as watercolors, gouache, Chinese ink, oil paint, and even textiles. These pieces showcase the comprehensive style of Miró's painting, embodying a significant representativeness.

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Untitled, 1981, Oil, gouache, India ink and charcoal on paper, 54.6 x 40cm

© Successió Miró/ADAGP, Paris-SACK, Seoul, 2022

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Behind the Mirror. Paintings on Cardboard, 1965, lithograph printed in color, 37.8 x 57.2cm © Successió Miró/ADAGP, Paris-SACK, Seoul, 2022

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