Miró and Michael Jackson at the Grand Palais

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Playful, whimsical, experimentalist Miró is showing at the Grand Palais from October 3, 2018 to February 4, 2019. I’ve just purchased my ticket online. The Grand Palais is closed on Tuesdays. A few evenings a week, it’s open until 10 p.m.

From November 23rd to February 14, 2019. To pay tribute to the tenth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death (wow, has it been ten years already?), the Grand Palais is planning a major exhibit entitled “Michael Jackson: On the Wall,”. The extensive showcase explores the creative arts side of the King of Pop, putting on a display of diverse artworks from the past 30 years loaned by leading artists, collectors, and gallerists.

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Joan Miró i Ferrà (20 April 1893 – 25 December 1983) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society. (Wikipedia)

Born into the family of a goldsmith and a watchmaker, Miró grew up in the Barri Gòtic neighborhood of Barcelona. The Miró name indicates Jewish roots (the terms marrano or converso describe Iberian Jews who converted to Christianity.) His father was Miquel Miró Adzerias and his mother was Dolors Ferrà. He began drawing classes at the age of seven at a private school. In 1907 he enrolled at the fine art academy at La Llotja, to the dismay of his father. He studied at the Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc and he had his first solo show in 1918 at the Galeries Dalmau, where his work was ridiculed and defaced. Inspired by Fauve and Cubist exhibitions in Barcelona and abroad, Miró was drawn towards the arts community that was gathering in Montparnasse. In 1920 moved to Paris. (Wikipedia)

Take a look at the excellent website of the Grand Palais here:

https://www.grandpalais.fr/en

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