I had a unique opportunity to explore the new Joan Miro exhibition at Tate Modern today. “The Ladder of Escape” is the aptly titled theme of this body of Miro’s politically motivated legacy. The Spanish-born Artist in the first London survey in over 50 years shines. It looks set to be another blockbuster to follow in the footsteps of the recent Gauguin “Maker of Myth” show, which is now in Washington DC. This is an exciting chance to look again at one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century and reaffirm his contribution to painting sculpture and printmaking. The exhibition begins with early figurative paintings and moves through his experiments with Surrealism. Covering his career from a determined 24-year-old to works he made when he was in his eighties. Miro’s work changed in the late sixties sparked by the May 1968 student protests in Paris. It was a turning point in his style which had become homogenized and decorative. The aggressiveness in this later work was also counterbalanced by a series of Triptychs which contain a zen quality, showing Miro’s multifaceted talents in a defining light.
Joan Miro, “The Ladder of Escape” from the 14 April until 11 September 2011 Tate Modern London Bankside
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