For the first time in nearly 50 years, London is hosting a major exhibition of work by iconic Spanish artist, Joan Miró. Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape is being shown at the Tate Modern and includes 150 works that span across the six decades of Miró’s extraordinary career. Including paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints, as well as many of the key pieces by the artist who is widely-regarded as the forefather of abstract expressionism.
The exhibition seeks to display Miró’s political engagement and the influence it had on his work – from his Catalan background and the Spanish Civil War to World War II. During the oppressive Franco regime in Spain, Miró was seen as a symbol of international culture and his work from the late-1960s and early-1970s became a symbol of resistance in the last days of the regime.
Alongside the exhibition, a curator’s talk will take place discussing Miró’s position in the art world.
Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape is on until 11th September at the Tate Modern, London.