'Miró: The Experience of Seeing' Exhibit Opens February 13

Joan Miró’s rarely seen sculptures arrive at SAM
Brangien Davis  |   February 2014   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
Miró’s “Head and Bird” (1981–1983), one of many sculptures on display alongside his paintings at SAM

Remembered for his declared intent to “assassinate” established painting methods—and recognized by the playful, primary-colored paintings that resulted—influential Barcelona-born artist Joan Miró believed he could be truly radical by way of sculpture. The Picasso contemporary and compatriot began experimenting with the medium in 1941. “It is in sculpture that I will create a truly phantasmagoric world of living monsters,” he said. Monstrous or mischievous? You can decide for yourself at Seattle Art Museum’s new exhibit, Miró: The Experience of Seeing, featuring 48 paintings, drawings and rarely seen sculptures made between 1963 and 1983. Drawn from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the pieces are arranged specifically to highlight the play between Miró’s two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. Constructed of found objects—such as salvaged wood, housewares and old hardware—which he assembled and cast in bronze, the sculptures are a special treat, imparting a fuller perspective on the more familiar paintings. SAM is the only West Coast venue presenting the show, so don’t miss this chance to deepen your acquaintance with a Spanish master. 2/13–5/25. Times and prices vary. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.; 206.654.3100; seattleartmuseum.org