Joan Miró’s Work Examined in Landmark Exhibition

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Joan Miró: “Figures at Night Guided by the Phosphorescent Tracks of Snails”. | Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Louis E. Stern Col

Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape, (its final and only venue outside of Europe ) will be on view at the National Gallery of Art from May 6 through August 12.

Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape traces the arc of Miró’s career while drawing out his political and cultural commitments. The exhibition presents these themes through three principal periods: Miró’s early work, rooted in the Catalan countryside, and then transformed under the influence of the surrealists in the 1920s; his artistic response to the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), the fall of France, and life under fascist rule; and the artist’s late work just before the demise of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship in 1975.

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