Our exhibition Miró: The Ladder of Escape is now open at Tate Modern.

Joan Miro at Tate Modern

Packing a punch: Installation view of a central room in Joan Miró at Tate Modern.

Photograph: Tate Photography/
© Successió Miró/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2011

Here you can see over 150 paintings, works on paper and sculptures, including, as you may have already read in the press, five of his large triptychs which have been brought together for the first time.

Joan Miro Reunited Mural Paintings

Re-united: ‘Mural Paintings I (Yellow-Orange) -II (Green) - III (Red)’ (1962)

Photograph: Tate Photography
© Successió Miró/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2011

Miro Colorful Contemplation

Colourful Contemplation: Miró’s ‘Blue I-II-III’, 1961

Photograph: Andrew Dunkley/Tate. Centre Pompidou /
© Successió Miró/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 201

We are very excited about this exhibition - and look forward to hearing your comments. So please do post your messages on the Tate blog below. We look forward to hearing from you. Matthew Gale is head of displays at Tate Modern and co-curator of Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape.

Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape is at Tate Modern until 11 September.

Comments

Keith Stuart-Smith

The exhibition was very informative about the life of Joan Miro and the changing political scenarion in which he lived. This was most informative and helped to explain the several changes in his style. He was certainly adventurous as the leading surrealist but I find it difficult to understand the messages he was conveying.
Please, why do the comment pieces relating to each art work have to be in such a small font style and placed in positions where they are difficult to read? This is a comment not limited to this exhibition but to exhibitions generally.
Keith

Eleni Leoussi

I discovered that morning best time to see the exhibition as hardly anyone there.
I loved the "Farm” in room 1. I thought the "Constellations" paintings in room 7 were pure magic. I will put them among the 100 things to see before you die...
I found the concept of the burning canvases very interesting, for me more than the actual works. There were other interesting paintings in the exhibition but there was a big proportion that in my opinion did not merit wall space. The triptychs, no spiritual experience there for me.
I will be interested to know how much was Miro involved with the faming of his pictures. In most cases I thought they worked very well, only in a few they were detracting from the pictures which was annoying.
On the whole I am delighted to have seen the exhibition, it was beautifully hanged and clearly you put lots of hard work putting it together, so thank you.

Simon Trotter

I loved the organisation of the exhibition. The wall outside it, with the chronology of his life and the historical context, was really helpful, as was the booklet and the labelling of exhibits in the exhibition itself.

I learned a lot about Miro that I didn't know already, and loved the pictures themselves - especially the early works.

Many thanks for a great afternoon!

Simon

claudiom

Miró é um espetáculo! Estive na Fundação Miró, e é maravilhoso poder estar em frente a uma obra deste artista. depois fui ver Galdí, e voltei para ver Miró, fui ver Antoni Tápies e novamente voltei para ver Miró.
É um conjunto de obras que a gente não se cansa de ver.

Peter Handford

An absolute feast! I had little idea of his development and its root causes.
The exhibition has left a deep impression and I shall have to come back again, there is much to absorb.
One little request - particularly in the crowded viewing conditions, it would help to indicate more clearly which way round each room should be taken.
Congratulations
Peter Handford

Izzy

Absolutely wonderful exhibition. Shame it was so busy and maybe Tate needs to introduce timed tickets for these popular shows.

Kate Marriage

This exhibition is brilliantly curated. Having visited the Miro Foundation in Barcelona, there were still gaps in my understanding of Miro. I left the Tate feeling informed, enchanted, and as if I had truly experienced a journey through Miro's life and work. The fireworks trypich at the exit was an incredibly powerful celebration of his life to close the exhibition with. Thank you very much.

Michael tite

A fantastic exhibition which I enjoyed as much on this, my second visit, as on my firt vist. Previously, I have not thought highly of Miro's art, but the wide range of this exhibition, together with the brilliant commentary which set his work into its political context, completely changed that. The large scale triptychs were new to me and completely absorbing.

Pat Bettsworth

Love Miro's work and thought this exhibition presented his different periods very well. His use of colour is fantastic and it was interesting to see how his style developed over time. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

David Lyons

I fell in love with Miro having seen the collection in Paris, and later in Barcelona. There is something about fuzzy balls and squiggle on blue that got to this engineer. I wish my favourite triptych had been there, so will go back to Paris to see it.
I thought the exhibition was excellently curated. Seeing the early work, and realizing (why did I not?) how political his work is was important to me.
One small criticism. For older people like me with not brilliant eyesight, the use of light grey lettering on dark grey background is impossible to read from a distance of more than 2 feet.
Thanks for a great exhibition

Moira

I didn't think I liked Miro that much but I have been to this exhibition twice and will go a third time hopefully. This is a wonderful exhibition that has shown me that I really do like Miro - I even bought the catalogue! Every room held interest from the early years to the vibrant Blue triptych, the energy of the Fireworks and the sculptures. The atmosphere at the exhibition was relaxed, spacious and most of all uplifting.

Penny Kocher

This is my third visit! On my first trip I went with a friend and we spent a long time looking closely at each painting. I knew little of Miro and was blown away by this painter, so much so that I decided to take younger members of my family to what I thought was a very accessible exhibition.

About a month ago I took my nephew and my great-niece (9 years) and great-nephew (11 years) - none of them had ever been to an art gallery before let alone seeing a Miro. The two children were just the right age to have this introduction to 'art'. They also looked closely at the paintings searching for the forms within; the birds, the women, the stars. They thought some paintings hilarious, others unfathomable, but overall they looked, liked and were intrigued - and then we rushed round all the other galleries and compared those exhibits with Miro. A great way to spend a day and see Miro and 'modern art' through children's eyes.

Yesterday I took my daughter, son-in-law, husband and grandson aged 5. Miro was not for my grandson, so that was a quick flick through the 13 rooms, but in the other galleries my grandson became captivated by the red staircase (not sure of it's title) and from then on he took numerous photographs - again the Tate and all it had to offer was a great way to introduce 'art' and artists to a child, this time a really young child. Well done, Tate Modern.

Frank Edwards

One of the most powerfully emotive exhibitions I have seen in a long while. Miro is somehow startlingly raw and yet deeply sensitive at the same time. His Civil War paintings were deeply disturbing - the distress heightened by their beauty - yet he moved from these into those exquisite paintings of the early 40s, full of hope, joy and love. I was drawn back time and time again to the exquisite "Awakening in the early morning" and that harmonious "Passage of the Divine Bird."

What can I say about the room with the triptych "Blue" and the three murals "Orange", "Green", "Red"? To be there was a truly spiritual experience. Everything of which Eckhardt writes in "The Power of Now" was fully realised. All thoughts were drowned in an infinite ocean of colour, form and line and I was touched by the Divine. I emerged in a state of total peace, only to be shaken by the apparent despair in those "Burnt Canvases" - as in Miro's 30s work made all the more horrific through their absolute beauty.

I admit unashamedly that the three canvases "The Hope of a Condemned Man" moved me to tears but even in the darkest places Miro finds joy - his perennial ladder to the Infinite. It is always there for him and for all of us. Knowing this we celebrate with those mind-blowing "Fireworks".

Thank you Tate M for a rare and wonderful experience. Miro was a beautiful man whose genius touches the innate pure beauty that lies under the surface of all of us.

charlotte

I have looked at Miro all my painting life and last year saw the work in Barcelona.
This Tate exhibition was excellently curated. The work grew in stature as one progressed through the rooms. It was quite curious going backwards through it, how it focussed down and narrowed in scope to the beginning which then seemed no longer revolutionary but affectionate.

I had not seen the tryptychs before, and found them very moving and inspiring, partiularly "painting on a white background" and "the hope of a condemned man". thank you

Theodora

I agree entirely: I couldn't explain why, but I found the exhibition incredibly moving, refreshing and powerful.

paul tritton

Wonderful!

debby

fantastic exhibit -and i thought it was better than the MIRO museum in Barcelona that i visited last year--it is put together in such wonderful order--i loved the hand held device that i rented--just a wonderful companion to the exhibit--the ability to see history on the device and get a real feel for the time period

TanoBags.org

Amazing exhibition, loved it. Thanks for your work.

Janice Mallison

I was visiting London from Vancouver and was so happy to be able to catch this exhibition. I'm a big art history fan so enjoyed all the background materials. They helped to put Miro's work into context and provide a picture of him as an inspiring artist and person.

David Cutting

I was very impressed with the Miro exhibition. The structure of moving through his life's work chronologically was very useful, as was the information on the walls accompanying the works. As with most major exhibitions, I felt some of the work was there not on its own merit but simply because it was done by the famous artist on display, but that did not detract from the overall experience of seeing the range of work of a master spread over a long and influential life.

Marco Leitao Silva

I was not familiar at all with Miro's work. Therefore, I didn't know exactly what to expect from this particular exhibition. I found very interesting and organized in a very coherent way: according to the different stages of Miro's life and work. It was worth paying for it.
Well done! I wish there was more to be seen :)

Jen Hall

I loved the exhibition.... Very moving, shocking, violent, sad, joyous and fresh.... I am very glad I went.

But, on the otherhand::::: so expensive (especially with the £1.50 booking fee)! And really very busy for a Friday evening. After Gauguin and now Miro, I'm not really sure I would want to brave a blockbuster exhibition again (not the best environ for viewing paintings like this) And not convinced that becoming a member of the Tate would be worthwhile for someone living up in Yorkshire..... ;)

Alison Hills

Overall an excellent exhibition but would have been completed by inclusion of some of the many ceramics he produced in the 1950s. There was no mention of them despite him having concentrated almost exclusively on them for the best part of a decade. I agree with previous posts that the triptychs would benefit from larger viewing space

Mike Ferguson

Magnificent show. Fascinating historical information, wonderful selection of works, and amazing audio guide. The Tate has fully embraced 21st Century Technology. The Exhibit is a must see for anyone who comes anywhere near the Museum. Mike Ferguson, Berkeley, CA

Mark

Having seen Miro exhibits before, I was excited about this one. The works chosen, particularly the early ones were a wonderful opportunity to understand the growth of the artist. I actually found that I had to turn off the audio commentary to fully experience that part of my personal relationship with his work. His work, for me, does not primarily exist in the historical aspect of his life and the events in Spain. However, an understanding of who he was and what influenced him was appropriate.

Robert Watson

My wife and I can only wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments expressed elsewhere. The Tate is to be congratulated on putting together such a comprehensive and well displayed exhibition. It has well surpassed our expectations and added to the thoughts left in our minds after visiting Guernica and seeing the Picasso work of that name in the Whitechapel Gallery.

Robert S

I find myself in complete agreement with Brian Sewell's Evening Standard Review: "although he had a feeling for colour he could not paint or draw and his symbols, cyphers and ectoplasmic blobs are signs of arrested development".

jane clarke

- wonderful exhibition linked to catalan, spanish and european history and tracking the fascinating twists and turns in the development of this amazing artist - loved seeing his early work that I did not know - and his sculptures - learning that he influenced and was influenced by Jackson Pollack - audio well worth listening to - thank you

Dianne Keag

Excellent presentation of his work. Will return to do the audio tour as time restricted on first visit. I have seen his work in his Barcelona museum and feel that the Tate displayed his art well. Excellent!

Jill D

Having been to the Fundacion Joan Miro in Barcelona and thoroughly enjoyed that, I was expecting the Tate exhibition to be more of the same. I was pleasantly surprised then to find such a large number of other paintings from all over the world, and thought the way it had been curated to take us on a journey through Miro's life and understand what influenced him in each period, was excellently achieved. The early works (room 1 and 2) were delightful and it was useful to see how they heralded the way for future recurring motifs. The later bolder works did not hold the same appeal for me however the chronological sequence of the exhibition helped me see how Miro reached that point in his art, so that I could appreciate them nevertheless.

viv sparkes

It is an exciting exhibition and it is so wonderful to be able to see some of the larger works brought together from their far flung galleries. I was particularly interested to see the early works in the first room and follow the development from the highly detailed, intricate paintings to the stripped back works in later years. I thought that the exhibition represented his experimentation of styles extremely well.

jane streather

exhilarating!

Mark Szaszy

I like Miro. I don't see the point in comparing him to other artists like Michelangelo, Titian etc. Either you understand Miro or you don't. Its ok either way. I like Miro's perception, his poetry, romanticism, sense of humour and passion for his country and culture. I like his mysterious secret code for invisible nuclei floating across the blinky blackness of his closed eyes when he's looking. I know a tree with a ladder leaning up against it, by a field near the M25. The ladder ends but the steps continue all the way up to the sky. I think Miro knows the way, his own way. There are many roads and ways of getting there. Sometimes via Miro. Sometimes via Michelangelo. The choice is yours and its free.

ralph Roseman

Exhibition was very good as always at the tate. I would have liked some more of his modern works. Considering that he spent a lot of his life on sculpture some more pieces would have been nice.

andreya

Not showing images from the exhibition online had done nothing but hurting Tate.

I travel throughout the world to see exhibitions, and have to see Miro's exhibitions; not to mention that London sure is an easy and convenient stop for me because I fly from New York.

Regretfully, there are many impressive exhibitions and many not worth seeing. Tate has made it impossible for an international travel to decide if this one was worth seeing. In doubt, who would spend thousands of dollars only to find disappointment?

Martin

This is one of the best exhibitions I have seen in a long time. It was well hung and offered the right amount of information. But most importantly I am delighted to have had the chance to appreciate, and be moved by, an artist about whom I knew relatively little. My preconceptions about rather whimsical flights of surrealist fancy were blown away by so many of the works, especially the late triptychs, which were really compelling. His use of colour and his energy is amazing. Congratulations, and thanks to the Tate.

Michael Archer

I thought the exhibition was excellent. Unlike many of the reviews here, I thought the large triptychs and his later, more simple works were stunning. The colours sang and the simple marks and forms on the canvas were subtle and enigmatic. The display of the these in rooms devoted to them with walls angled so the paintings colours and lines echoed each other was very well though out. I found the exhibition very stimulating.

April Spencer

Wow!Wow! 2nd viewing. Getting to grips with old Miro better than ever. Love the Ubu Roi drawings. Love the Constellations. Love the Mont Roig. Love the sculptures.
All Magic.

Susan Rocha

A fascinating and revealing journey through Miro's work, both from a pictorial and historical perspective-the chronological arrangement allowing the visitor to move with the artist as his life and work unfolded.My personal favourites were the early works and the brilliant Constellations,but this comprehensive survey also allowed me to see other examples of Miro's work with which I was not familiar and form a more complete idea of the artist,where the whimsical and quirky co-exist with a darker side.
And,as ever, the exhibition space is fantastic.

kate

I loved the exhibition but could not properly view the last few rooms as the gallery was closing - although the advertised closing time was 10pm we were actually herded out at 9.55pm. I didn't mind being told that there were only 5 mins left but I am really upset that I wasn't at least given the last few minutes to even quickly view the final few rooms. I didn't think it was too much too ask. Staff were too intent on getting people out. Sorry but it spoilt my visit.

Edgeworth Johnstone

Excellent show. I've probably been six or seven times, and keep finding new things to like in more of the work. Although I still don't get those huge ones with just a scribble on them. They seem a bit silly, and a waste of good canvas.

Neal Bamford

Didn't know anything about Miro and was recommended to attend the exhibition by a friend who is a fan.

I was mostly interested in the work (specifically the early pre war and then post was triptychs)

It is nice to get some history of the person and a sense of the meaning behind the works through the text which accompanies each room. The fact that he was hiding his political views in his surrealism came through quite strong, and (I am guessing) that as things became worse the more surreal and grotesque some of the imagery became.

The stand out works for my were the triptychs.

Would I attend another exhibition of his work? Probably not but glad that I had the chance to see this one.

Lynne O'Do...

I really enjoyed this exhibition and learning so much more about Miro (the new guide format was also very good and an improvement on the old cassettes). I was particularly interested in the painter's development and the historial background but got slightly got irritated with his later works such as the white canvas with a line drawn over - did this really have any merit?
But so worth a visit. Thank you.

jane cox

I was a little disappointed. Some works I expected to see were not there. I also found the exhibit notes by each work rather fanciful, maybe someone was trying to show off.

I love miro and only one room was really exciting...

louise etherson

I went with a friend to see Miro as I am a member and hope to take a few other friends to see it also. We both liked it and enjoyed cafe later in the members balcony. I enjoyed Miro in my early studies in art and not so much now, although as a member I will enjoy going back again to get more from it. I thought the exhibition of Susan Hillier was better because for me it was intelligent, moving and thought provoking. Miro seems a summer populist exhibition, and I am flabbergasted at the slooooooowww pace he took to develope from year to year, although I enjoyed his fabulous use of colour and especially his use of "ladders" to paint his big canvses ha! Well done to the curators and tate for putting on another winning show, thank you , Louise x

Gill Kimber

Quote from above comment: "I have no time whatsoever for staff who do not know their place in life"

I am absolutely appalled and disgusted at the totally obnoxious comment left by Brenda Morgan-Spencer above.

I've recently rejoined as a member and visited the Miro exhibition yesterday, 13th July. I also had something to eat in the members cafe, it was lovely. The staff were very friendly and pleasant.

Although I knew very little about Miro, I'd watched the online video about him on Tate's website before I went. I found his story very interesting and this in fact triggered my visit - and joining again! I wasn't disappointed at all, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole exhibition and my experience there.

Linda Winnett

I recently studied Miro knowing that this exhibition was coming up. I thought the 15 minute video on Miro through the memories of his Grandson, his housekeeper, and gallery friends, plus footage of Mont-Roig, and his studio in Mallorca gave a wonderful insight into the mind and creativity of the artist. I particularly liked the early lyrical work at Mont-Roig, and the Constellation series, as well as the Barcelona Series of Lithographs. All in all a great show, thank you.

Prof. Eve Mitle...

My husband and I delayed our holiday so that we could see the Miro exhibition, as I could not leave London without seeing it; it was worth it. Although I have always loved the Miro paintings I was not aware either of his strong political beliefs expressed in those paintings nor had I seen any of the sculptures. What, at one time, I thought of as decorative works took on a completely new significance and depth. I enjoyed the exhibition enormously and bought the catalogue so that I may study it further. One aspect which interested me very much was the recirprocal influence between Miro and Jackson Pollock; how Miro inspired Pollock and was later inspired by Pollock's technique to create the Fireworks triptych (in complexity theory we call this reciprocal influence which changes the behaviour of the interacting entities, CO-EVOLUTION). Aesthetically and intellectually it was a revelation and I thank the Tate for yet another wonderful retrospective.

Adriana

Well when I think in Miró or when I see his paints I dont think ... ...I breathe his colurs and forms and y feel ...........that is his message. I love his paints are so irreal send in another world. Thank you dear Jean Miró

s.wood@kent.ac.uk

I loved the show and plan to return. There was room to look. Moving and exciting. The historical framing felt relevant but also like only part of the story, a bit like it would for Blake, but the chronological approach served the work well and I loved the chance to get a feel for the sweep of Miro's imaginative career.

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