I have been an admirer of the films of the Spanish film director Pere Portabella for years.
So it is a real pleasure to have the opportunity to see a season of his work screened at Tate Modern alongside the Joan Miró exhibition. Disregarding their age difference they were friends and collaborators from the late 1960s onwards. Portabella documented Miró at the opening of his exhibition Miró Otro (literally ‘the other Miró’) in the spring of 1969, which challenged the standard way in which the artist had been seen.
The film, which took the name of the exhibition, also captured Miró painting the windows of the Association of Architects in Barcelona, where the exhibition was held, and, importantly, scrapping off the painting at the end of the show. More than forty years later it still seems very immediate and alive, and I am looking forward to discussing this and other films with Pere Portabella and Mark Nash in a public event on 29 June. Please join us if you can.