The Fundació Joan Miró, Centre d’Estudis d’Art Contemporani (Joan Miró Foundation) in Barcelona is one of the cities cultural highlights.

Located on the the imposing Montjuïc Mountain that dominates the Barcelona skyline is this stylish modernit museum honoring Catalan artist Joan Miró. Born in 1893 in El Barri Gotic (the Gothic Quarter) of Barcelona, Miró’s work covered painting, sculpture and tapestry.

The Joan Miró Foundation’s origins lie in Miró’s first major exhibition in Barcelona, in 1968, at the Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu, when the opportunity arose to create a dedicated space to mount a permanent exhibit of his work. Miró wanted the institution to be a place where contemporary artists could exhibit and promote their work.

Today his wish is realised in the form Espai 13, a room dedicated to experimental young artists. There is also work by local artists Tapies and Saura, as well as Chillida, Rothko, Magritte, Rene Magritte and Peter Greenaway on exhibit.

Many of the works in the building were donated by the artist himself. Some of the highlights include: The wing of the lark (1967), The Morning Star (1940) and Painting on white to a solitary cell I, II, III (1968).

Catalan architect Josep Lluís Sert designed the Miró Foundation, he was a close friend of Miró’s. It features courtyards and terraces and to create a path for visitors as they move through the building and its position on the edge Montjuic commands an incredible view across the city below. Look out for live concerts held in the gardens during the Festival Grèc in July and August, a memorable experience.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 – 19.00 (October – June)
Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 – 20.00 (July – September)
Thursdays, 10.00 – 21.30
Sundays and public holidays, 10.00 – 14.30
Closed on Mondays (except public holidays)

Admission Charges:

Permanent collection + temporary exhibition
Adults: €10
Students aged 15-30, persons over 65
and unemployed persons
(proof must be provided): €7.00
School groups: 6€
Adults groups: 7€

Espai 13: €2,5