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.
view from February 24 through July 6, 2019, the exhibition includes
approximately 60 paintings, works on paper, prints, illustrated books,
collages, and objects primarily made between 1920, the year of Miró’s
first catalytic trip to Paris, and the early 1950s, when his unique
language gained international acclaim. Joan Miró: Birth of the World is organized by Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Senior Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture.
The Museum of Modern Art’s collection of Miró’s works constitutes one
of the finest and most comprehensive in the world. In 1941, MoMA
organized the first major museum retrospective of Miró’s work, followed
by others in 1959 and 1993, the centennial of the artist’s birth. The
Museum has also presented focused exhibitions, most recently Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927–1937
(2008), which explored a single, transformative decade in Miró’s long
career. The present exhibition extends the Museum’s commitment to Miró
by offering for examination and reassessment an in-depth presentation of
his works from the collection.