March 7, 2010 - Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca - Miro/Portabella. Poetics and Transgression
March 7, 2010

Miro/Portabella. Poetics and Transgression

Poetics and Transgression

19 December 2009 – 5 April 2010

Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca
C. Saridakis, 29
07015 Palma – Illes Balears

The Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation present for the first time an overview of the creative relationship between Joan Miró and Pere Portabella in the exhibition Miró/Portabella. Poetics and Transgression. The common thread of the exhibition consists of Pere Portabella’s short films about different aspects of Joan Miró’s work, such as wrought iron (Miró la forja, 1973), tapestry (Miró tapis, 1973), ephemeral creative action (Miró l’altre, 1969), and the political commitment that both creators show through aesthetic rather than directly political rebellion (Miró Aidez l’Espagne, 1969).

Miró/Portabella. Poetics and Transgression establishes a dialogue between the filmmaker’s short pieces and some of Miro’s works that are featured in the films or others related to them, documentary or photographic contributions by the creators, concerning these themes. The show occupies all the Foundation’s exhibition spaces and it is presented in the form of several installations. For the first time Joan’s Miró works show themselves as the Majorcan doors that the artist realized, points of departured for the sculptures Porta I, Porta II and Porta III.

More than one hundred works and documents have been gathered: 6 short films, 10 paintings, 14 bronze sculptures, 3 tapestries, 37 drawings, 4 notebooks, 7 signs and other documents, photographs and objects that exemplify the intense creative relationship between the two creators.

In parallel the filmmaker’s latest work will be shown at the Foundation’s auditorium. The film, titled Mudanza (2008), was selected at the 66th Venice film festival and premiered in commercial theatres in Spain on December 18th. For this film, Portabella received the National Culture Prize awarded by the Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts (CoNCA), Generalitat de Catalunya, in 2009.

A film series focusing on Pere Portabella was also organized at the “Sa Nostra” Cultural Centre in Palma for the month of February. In addition, at the opening of the exhibition, there was a splendid performance by Carles Santos.

Pere Portabella is one of the most remarkable creators of contemporary art. Filmmaker, producer – as for example Viridiana (Luis Buñuel) – and political activist, has managed to harmonize the circuits of the art and of the cinema. In recent years, his body of work has been recognized worldwide: MACBA (2001), Documenta at Kassel and Centro Georges Pompidou (2003) or MoMA, New York (2007).

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