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Joan Miró: Birth of the World

February 24 – June 15, 2019

The Museum of Modern Art

Floor Three, The Edward Steichen Galleries

The Museum of Modern Art presents Joan Miró: Birth of the World, an exhibition that explores the development of Miró’s pictorial universe, with particular emphasis on his intense engagement with poetry, the creative process, material experimentation, and the seen and unseen world. This focused exhibition, drawn from MoMA’s unrivalled Miró collection and augmented by several key loans, situates his monumental painting, The Birth of the World (1925), in relation to other key works by the artist, which are rarely shown together. On view from February 24 through June 15, 2019, the exhibition includes approximately 60 paintings, works on paper, prints, illustrated books, collages, objects, and ceramics primarily made between 1920, the year of Miró’s first catalytic trip to Paris, and the early 1950s, when his unique visual language gained international acclaim. Joan Miró: Birth of the World is organized by Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Senior Curator, with Laura Braverman, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

The exhibition is made possible by the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation.

Major support is provided by Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund with major contributions from the Estate of Ralph L. Riehle, Alice and Tom Tisch, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, Karen and Gary Winnick, The Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, and Oya and Bülent Eczacıbaşı.

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Joan Miró. The Birth of the World. Montroig, late summer-fall 1925. Oil on canvas. 8′ 2 3/4″ x 6′ 6 3/4″ (250.8 x 200 cm). Acquired through an anonymous fund, the Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Slifka and Armand G. Erpf Funds, and by gift of the artist. © 2018 Successió  Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Joan Miró. Still Life II. Montroig and Paris 1922-23. Oil on canvas. 15 x 18″ (38.1 x 45.7 cm). Purchase. © 2018 Successió  Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Joan Miró. The Hunter (Catalan Landscape). Montroig, July 1923-winter 1924. Oil on canvas. 25 1/2 x 39 1/2″ (64.8 x 100.3 cm). Purchase. © 2018 Successió  Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Joan Miró. “Hirondelle Amour”. Barcelona, late fall 1933-winter 1934. Oil on canvas. 6′ 6 1/2″ x 8′ 1 1/2″ (199.3 x 247.6 cm). Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller. © 2018 Successió  Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Joan Miró. Mural Painting. Barcelona, October 18, 1950-January 26, 1951. Oil on canvas. 6′ 2 3/4″ x 19′ 5 3/4″ (188.8 x 593.8 cm). Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. © 2018 Successió  Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Installation view of Joan Miró: Birth of the World, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 24–June 15, 2019. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly

Installation view of Joan Miró: Birth of the World, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 24–June 15, 2019. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly

Installation view of Joan Miró: Birth of the World, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 24–June 15, 2019. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly