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Joan Miro Foundation: Spectacular Art Museum in Barcelona, Spain

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Joan Miró  Foundation in Barcelona exterior view in Barcelona, Spain

Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona exterior view in Barcelona, Spain

Joan Miró Foundation

Situated atop Montjuic—a high hill in Barcelona overlooking much of this beautiful city in Spain—is the art museum called the Joan Miró Foundation. Views looking down upon the city with the hills in the background are spectacular.

The artist Joan Miró created the Foundation bearing his name in 1971 and contributed many of his art pieces which make up much of the collection.

Included are the following from Miró:

  • 217 paintings
  • 153 sculptures
  • Nine textiles
  • His complete graphic works
  • Almost 5,000 drawings

The contemporary building of this museum is a work of art in itself. Architect Josep Lluis Sert designed it. Another architect by the name of Jaume Freixa worked to expand the building for display and work areas.

Bright and white spaces with plenty of skylights and windows let natural light enter the interior while allowing exterior views at the same time.

Intent and Purpose of the Foundation

The purpose of the foundation is to showcase Miró's artwork. It also promotes and exposes people to other contemporary art as well. Regular exhibitions show other artist's work.

Guided tours are available for the public, and school groups often go through this museum on weekdays. There is an auditorium plus a library utilized by the public.

Artist Joan Miró

Joan Miró was born in Barcelona in 1893 and died in Palma de Mallorca in 1983. This post does not delve into an extensive biography of Joan Miró and his art. Those interested in finding out more about this world-renowned artist and his works can easily do an Internet search of his name or click on the links at the bottom of this page.

Suffice it to say that his surrealism style of artwork is recognizable almost everywhere people look at contemporary art. Most great museums around the world have examples of Miró's creations in them. Many people have posters and copies of his work on their walls.

Joan Miró

Joan Miró

Olympic Discovery

After spending some time at the spectacular swimming games Olympic venue, my husband and I decided that we had to find a spot to cool off. The weather was so hot during the summer Olympic games in 1992. We kept drinking water and fanning ourselves. Although we were truly enjoying watching the men's diving event, we felt compelled to leave and find some respite from the heat.

CoBi was the name of Barcelona's summer games Olympic mascot. As we were leaving the swimming pools stadium—yes, there were two pools—and walking along the top of the hill, we saw CoBi all decked out in painterly garb in front of what turned out to be the Joan Miró Foundation.

The building was air-conditioned, and since both my husband and I appreciate art, we decided to spend some time inside the museum. This break from the heat during a day of the men's Olympic diving event turned out to be quite an unexpected pleasure. We probably would not have taken the time to have gone inside the museum had it been a less hot day. The result was that we were delighted to have added this visit to an outstanding art museum to our Barcelona, Spain experiences.

Olympic mascot named Cobi

Olympic mascot named Cobi

Photography Inside the Foundation

Having been at the Prado Museum in Madrid, where photography was allowed as long as one did not take the pictures using a flash, I was starting to take some photos of the paintings when a guard asked me to stop. So I only have a couple of shots already taken. In reading the brochure afterward, I realize that they probably rather sell the images via postcards or books. So that is understandable.

What amazed my husband and me was getting to see some of Joan Miró's earlier works of art, including the drawings and paintings, and seeing his progression from realism to the abstract. We also liked viewing all the colorful, fun, and eye-popping art sculptures inside and outside the beautiful building.

If you ever get the chance to visit the Joan Miró Foundation, I would heartily recommend doing so.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peggy Woods


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2018:

Hi Kelley,

It was definitely fun seeing so much of his work in his Joan Miró Foundation located in Barcelona. You should have no problem locating books regarding his art in a library. Enjoy!

Kelley Marks from Sacramento, California on October 24, 2018:

I read about Joan Miro in issues of "Art Market," but I haven't seen his work in quite some time. I'm sure your visit to his gallery was fun and educational. Maybe I'll pick up a book about him at the library. Bye!...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 11, 2017:

Hi Dave,

During the 7 days we were staying in Palma, Majorca while being shuttled back and forth by airplane to Barcelona for Olympic events we took in all the sights that time allowed. We did take a day tour of Palma but Miro's studio was not a part of that tour. If we should ever return it would definitely be on our list of things to see. Thanks for mentioning it.

Dave Proctor from Alfauir, Valencia, Spain on November 11, 2017:

Hi Peggy

Nice article, if you get over the pond again you should try to get to Miro's studio in Palma, Majorca. An oasis of calm with some fantastic works of art. The studio is as Miro left it when he passed away.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 13, 2012:

Hello Lazaros,

Thank you so much for the correction. I have changed the information in the body of the hub regarding this painting that we both liked at the Miro Foundation. It is a beauty! Thanks again!

Lazaros on October 13, 2012:

Hi Peggy,

just a minor correction: the last photo on this page, the "painting that you both liked", is not one of Miro's. It's Dorothea Tanning's "Tout est illusion peut-être (All Is Illusion, Maybe)", 1973, hosted at Miro's Foundation in Barcelona. Link:

Regards from Greece,


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 19, 2011:

Hi Cheryl,

Visiting the Joan Miro Foundation was not only fun and interesting...but it gave us a respite from the heat of the summer temperatures for a while. It is a wonderful museum on top of the hill called Montjuic in Barcelona. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 19, 2011:

Hello Sinea Pies,

The artist Joan Miro certainly does use brilliant colors in most of his work. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 19, 2011:

Hello livelonger,

Nice that you also got to see the Joan Miro Foundation museum in Barcelona. We walked up Montjuic during the Olympics along with thousands of other people. I would imagine that the cable car ride would give spectacular views! From the top of that hill no matter how one gets there, the views are wonderful. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on October 18, 2011:

Beautiful and interesting art by Miro. Great colors, patterns and abstracts. I admire your photos and information regarding the Joan Miro Art Foundation in Barcelona. Another interesting hub.

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on October 18, 2011:

Very interesting art work. Love the brilliant colors.

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on October 18, 2011:

Great Hub, Peggy. I went to Barcelona in 2003 and visited Fundacio Joan Miro then, and absolutely loved it. The funicular up to Montjuic is pretty cool, too, and the cable cars (teleferic) gave such a magical view of Barcelona. Thanks for sharing this Hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 16, 2010:

Hi Tony,

We had seen Miro works but never in such an abundance as at the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona, Spain. We enjoyed seeing his early works and as he progressed as an artist in his creations. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Tony McGregor from South Africa on December 16, 2010:

I was introduced to the art of Miro many years ago and loved it then. I still do!

Thanks for taking me on this wonderful tour of the museim.

Love and peace


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 20, 2010:

Hello childrensprints,

So happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona, Spain. There were some wonderful paintings, sculptures and so forth from Miro in that museum! Thanks for the comment.

childrensprints on November 20, 2010:

Really enjoyed this one on Miro!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 18, 2010:

Hello MikeSyrSutton,

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at the Joan Miro Foundation that we discovered while attending olympic events in Barcelona, Spain years ago. We enjoyed that wonderful art museum and thought that it would make for a good hub. Appreciate the comment.

MikeSyrSutton from An uncharted galaxy on November 17, 2010:

Interesting hubs and cool pics!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 05, 2009:

Thanks Kiran,

Glad you liked this hub about the Joan Miro Foundation.

kiran8 from Mangalore, India on August 05, 2009:

Very interesting and very informative, thanks a lot Peggy :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 03, 2009:

Hi loveroflife,

From what you commented, you probably enjoyed this hub. My personal taste runs more to the Impressionists and others but it is always interesting viewing different types of art and becoming more educated regarding the subject.

My husband and I enjoyed viewing Miro's art inside and outside the Joan Miro Foundation plus we got to cool off from the summer heat which provided a nice interlude.

Thanks for your comment.

loveroflife on August 03, 2009:

Miro is certainly one of the greats of Spanish modern art.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2009:

Hi Pete,

How can you say that you are not an art lover? Writing is an art form and you are a great science fiction writer. LOL

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2009:

Hi shamelabboush,

Glad that you liked this one regarding Joan Miro especially since you like surrealism. Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2009:

Hi Candie,

Hahaha...we had some fun last night on your hub. (I admit...I am the crazy one!) Happy to hear that your inner beauty has remained intact despite the scratch from the cat! LOL

Pete Maida on July 28, 2009:

I'm not much of an art lover and I'm really not into surrealism. It reminds me of the hippies on LSD back in the sixties.

shamelabboush on July 28, 2009:

Very nice, I like surrealism style. Thanks

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on July 27, 2009:

I would have come back sooner, but some crazy lady was commenting on my hub and then I got a bad scratch from the cat and it all fell apart after that.. I still have my inner beauty (cuz I didn't kill the cat) lol!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 27, 2009:

Hi Candie,

It was definitely fun getting to see the Joan Miro art in person, and I agree that his colors really pop for the most part...especially on his sculptures. I also like the impressionists like you do. Thanks for the quick comment.

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on July 27, 2009:

I like his work, tho I tend to be more "Monet".. I love the abstract and color! Thank you for this hub!!

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