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MAGICAL UNIVERSE OF MIRÓ (article first published : 2002-08-7)

A major international exhibition of selected works by the 20th century master Joan Miró (1920-1976) will be on display from September 18 to December 7 at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg.

This collection of works produced during the last decades of Miró's life has been especially curated for a South African audience by Alan Crump, assisted by Meret Meyer-Graber and members of the curatorial team who worked on the Chagall exhibition and will only be exhibited at the Standard Bank Gallery.

Following the success of the Marc Chagall exhibition in 2000, held at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg and the South African National Gallery, Cape Town, this is the second joint initiative between Standard Bank of South Africa, Air France, the French Institute of SA (IFAS) and the Embassy of France.

This exhibition comprises two paintings, 24 works on paper and 21 sculptures loaned from Fondation Maeght in Saint Paul, South of France, as well as two works on paper from a French private collection. The relationship between painting and poetry is also celebrated in this exhibition, with 26 lithographs from nine rare books of French poetry illustrated by Miró. As with the Chagall exhibition, a room in the gallery will be dedicated to the biography of the artist.

Unlike many of the avant-garde artists of the time, Miró chose the universal language of the subconscious over intellectualism and his work, particularly from this later period, draws extensively from primordial forms and images which relate to the influence which African culture had on the development of modernism.

The selection of sculptures from Fondation Maeght constitutes two different approaches: the assemblages made from found objects typify his Surrealistic work produced in patinaed bronze or painted in high colour, and the mythical works which he produced from 1944.

An exhibition catalogue will be produced. A full colour illustrated biography entitled The Magical Universe of Joan Miro, it will include essays in English by Jean-Louis Prat, Jacques Dupin, Alan Crump and Rory Doepel. The catalogue will retail at the gallery at a cost of R280.

An extensive lecture and walkabout programme, which is available on request, will coincide with the exhibition, together with a comprehensive children's educational workshop.

Further information from Barbara Freemantle on 011 636-4231, fax 011 636-7515 or Bridget van Oerle on 011 673-4995, cell 083 263-6991 or Henri Vergon on 011 836-0561 or fax 011 836-5850.

The Standard Bank Gallery is situated on the corner of Simmonds and Frederick Streets, Johannesburg. Limited pay parking is available - parking entrance in Thorpe Street. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 16h30 and Saturdays 09h00 to 13h00.




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