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.

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)
Miro Colorful Contemplation
Colourful Contemplation: Miró's 'Blue I-II-III', 1961

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.



I have long been a fan of Miro's and this is a great show. I plan to revisit & enjoy it all again...

Lourdes Garcia

Tate Modern's current show on Joan Miró is an impeccably curated tribute to a gifted key figure in modern art history. By framing an exquisite selection of Miró's artworks within their accurate historic background, Tate has managed to fill out the void of a quite often misunderstood artist whose practice was intrinsically bound to his deeply rooted Catalan identity. My only objection to this very day is to still have to pretend not to hear his surname being mispronounced ad infinitum.


I learned so much from this exhibition about the man and the times, partly from the information that was given,and also partly from Google. I thought the little booklets were beautifully produced. I wonder if the Gallery might think of offering a backup online site. For instance I found myself wondering,as the paintings got more child-like, whether Miro had children,and I discovered he had a daughter. One of the bleaker paintings (Black Sunrise), which was painted on "a family holiday" in France somewhere made me wonder what sort of a dad this political exile was. Pure coinjecture! "Where's Dad?" "He's asleep,he got up really early to paint the sunrise." "Oh really how lovely......Oh, it's black." "Yes,better leave him alone this morning dear. He's in one of his moods."


Sadly we will miss this one as not coming until the 7 October, but we saw lots of his work when we were "Culture Vultures” in Palma, Majorca. Miro was/is brilliant but he your stretches mind. Saw a great photograph in Palma Electric Train Station of Joan with his arm around Pablo it was treble real size and awesome.

Paul Freeman

I visited the Miro exhibition last Friday and was extremely impressed with what I saw. The exhibition proved an excellent introduction to the detail of his work and the way in which his style developed over time. I had not appreciated the extent to which Spanish politics affected his work. In my opinion, this ranks with your Kandinsky exhibition as the best you have mounted in recent years.

Masé Sutterland

I've had a wonderful time! The burnt works really came to life by the way they were exposed. Having visited Miro in Barcelona, I was gladly surprised how you've managed to create this exhibition with known and unknown work. Thank you.

catherine Gadie

It was so good to take my famliey, to the Tate and share great Art with them, great day...


After all these years (32) living in Spain and seeing Miro's work, I thought I was bored with his painting (happier with his sculpture): he did repeat himself. However, after seeing the photos of the large triptychs on this blog, perhaps I'm not quite as bored with the man's painting. I wish I could see the show.

Frances Rubenstein

I was not a great admirer of Miro in the past, and went to the exhibition rather reluctantly. I cannot begin to tell you how glad I was to have gone. The exhibition was very comprehensive and gave excellent information regarding Miro, his work and his political history. I came away informed and delighted that I have learnt so much. Thank you.

Harry Dickinson

Absolutely wonderful, and I enjoyed it much more than I had expected. I am too familiar with his prints, which can be rather repetitive. Until now I have tended to underestimate him, even though my partner and I visited the Miro museum in Barcelona a few years back. Here I found the early paintings stunning and vibrant. I really liked the way the rooms were laid out with themes or focussing on work from a particular period. Thus I found the Constellations series extraordinarily beautiful. Room 12, The Hope of a Condemned Man, reduced me to tears. This exhibition has given me a chance to re-evaluate a great artist. Thank you.

jill palmer

This is an excellent exhibition. I learnt a great deal about Miro that I did not know, especially his early works. It was very extensive so you really felt you were getting your moneys worth


Probably the best way for me to describe the Miro exhibition is it's an exhibition of two halves.Really liked his earlier works,some really thought-provoking paintings,with great detail.Whether his political interests made him a bit weary or maybe he was simply exploring new ideas,some of his later paintings just seemed to be a waste of canvass.But,as ever with Tate Exhibitions it was worth the visit-you can't expect to like everything you see & understand the thought behind every painting.

Ann Davies

I loved this exhibition. I've been to the Miro museum in Barcelona but didn't come away from it feeling I understood the artist and what had influenced his work: on leaving the Tate exhibition however I felt I had that understanding. Each room plotted the development of his art from 'The Barn' through the Constellation paintings to his burnt paintings. If I lived in London I would definitely go and see it again.

Anne Guy

The exhibition was excellent and really gave us a new insight into the life,work and creativity of the man and the artist. The only down side was the lack of printed guides on admission as according to the door clerk all the days supply had run out!! The shop stock was similarly first class such that it was a very expensive visit!

Margaret Sharrow

I've put my long thoughtful comment at http://blog.tate.org.uk/?p=4345 but in brief, I really got a lot out of this exhibition and personally found it the most inspiring at Tate since Francis Alÿs last year. A punch in the face, indeed, but a very enjoyable one. His sense of enjoyment came through. Such a range of work showing a real development from the earliest work, and bold experimentation in old age as well. The triptych rooms were justly popular. The prints also packed quite a punch, being in such a long continuous line, almost as if they were a barometer of daily mood changes. People seemed to find the handheld guides very absorbing (oddly, sometimes at the expense of seeing the real paintings in front of them). The Tate exhibition video was engaging, too.

Ironically, growing up in Buffalo, New York and regularly visiting the Albright-Knox Gallery, I had never thought much of Miró, always seeing the same familiar painting , Carnival of Harlequin http://www.albrightknox.org/collection/collection-highlights/piece:miro-carniv...

What a revolution in my thinking! Thank you all at Tate!


I went to the Fondacion in Barcelona in about 1988 and was stunned by Miro's work. His use of colour is phenomenal. Have been back twice to Barcelona and revisited the museum. I admit that there is repetition but considering his longevity that is not surprising. I do remember going around the Fondacion with my friend guessing at the titles of the paintings - that will be woman with bird, no it will be bird with woman! But although we made jokes about that we still loved them.

Invited to Majorca about 10 years ago ago, one of my main reasons for going was to visit his home and workshop on a hill above Palma. That was one of the high spots of my holiday. I can thoroughly recommend that to anyone who enjoyed this exhibition.

I live in London so cannot believe it took me so long to get to this exhibition. I enjoy work from his different periods so seeing a wide range was a delight for me. Miro can be witty (see The Farmer's Meal where the figures are tucking in to their meal and throwing the bits away) as well as political (Aidez l'Espagne)and transcendental (blue tryptchs). Sometimes quite rude as well! (not totally sure why his figures are so distorted).I do not pretend to understand everything that is going on in his work - I think he saw more in things than I do. But I still find his work fascinating.

It is hard to separate a person from the work they produce. I admire Miro's determination to stay in his own country (albeit on an island!) and yet quietly carry on with his own work and wait for the dictatorship to pass. This showed both enormous courage and a form of patriotism that is rooted in love of home and family and not destructive to anyone else.

I went on Friday afternoon and the rooms were not over busy - which is a bonus. The exhibition was well laid out and as many have said - the chronological approach was helpful. I did not use the audio guides - I prefer to work things out for myself to start with. However, I wil come back and next time listen to the guide.

Evan Champion

We quite enjoyed our Friday late at the Tate date, which included yummy cider in the members room. The Miro exhibit was, we thought, fantastic. Indeed, much better than our experience at the Miro museum in Barcelona, which almost put us off coming to see your exhibit. It was thoughtfully curated, with just the right amount of information, and the paintings were exhibited very well, other than one dark corner where the collages were displayed, which was slightly disappointing. It made a difference that there were not huge crowds in the rooms; procrastination has its benefits. All in all, a very enjoyable experience, and we thank you for putting together such a thoughtful collection of works. It stands out amongst what we've found to be your finest exhibits (Cy Twombly, Gorky two others). Keep up the excellent work!


I'm very pleased I went to the exhibition though I feel I will be happy not to see it again. Some of it, most of it in fact, was hard to look at - the paintings which showed frustration and anger at the political situation and later the war took on an extra resonance viewed in London after the riots. Although I know the violence is on a totally different scale, Miro expressed for me the importance of our precious everyday lives and anger at how these can be changed so swiftly by ugly outside forces.

I loved the early works and the blue triptych, though I would have liked the space to view that from more of a distance as well as close up. I enjoyed seeing the paintings chronologically - I thought it worked well and it was a privilege to see works put together again after being apart.


Absolutely marvellous! Miro is an artist I knew little about. I thought the exhibition showed a wonderful insight into the man and his works. The early works especially entranced me. I love going to the Tate Modern and I also particularly enjoyed the Gaugin exhibition recently. For the future what about Edward Hopper or Frida Kahlo? The Tate Modern would be the perfect place to show their works.

Peter Armitage

I found the exhibition absolutely wonderful and came away with my spirits raised. I wish I could analyse why but that's the power of Miro.

Karen Cooper

extremely well curated exhibition, allowed full appreciation of chronology of work. wonderful to see the examples from private collections and galleries worldwide all together. I always find the Condemned man triptych deeply moving, but this time even more so for some inexplicable reason, but maybe was because of the power of the whole exhibition. Thank You

Mo Cook

My first ever visit to a big art exhibition.... Absolutely blown away by it.... Loved his earlier work, especially the dog.... Was a bit confused by the constellations pieces.... Some of my favourites were the burnt works and the still life with the shoe.... And most especially the sculptures.... The Ladder, The Tightrope Walker and the Woman and the Bird(plane!).... Would love to have been able to buy a miniature of those sculptures... And would have liked a bigger choice of postcards for framing as most of my favourites weren't available.... But BRILLIANT DAY... Thank You.

Nurten Ozkoray

I was saddened to see what the war does to creative people besides its obvious destruction. I always saw the enthusiasm of life in Miró. But this retrospective did show us the pain and anger he felt for the civil war in Spain. Damn Franco.

Amanda Roberts

An excellent exhibition, well curated and I loved that it came from a political perpective. I was unaware of the 'farm' paintings in room 1 which I enjoyed. I frequently find room 1 can be passed through quickly in exhibitions but when I revist as I will I will spend time there. Well worth a visit.

Alan Tuckett

I was surprisingly unmoved by the exhibition. Although it was persuasiovely organised, showing progression and changes of direction in Miro's career, I found the whole diminished the power of the individual paintings. That said the blue triptych was terrific

Julia Wiilliams

Excellent exhibition. I had seem many pictures before without knowing the background and felt quite humbled by learning about the political unrest which created them. They have a much greater significance now and I will look with new eyes at other works of that period.

Diana Hillier

The Miro show was brilliant. It's always so interesting to be able to see how an artist develops over their career. I was more familiar with Miro's sculpture than his paintings, so this was a pleasant surprise. I always get the audio guides as they provide such insight and this one was no exception. Undoubtedly one of the best parts of having a Tate membership is to be able to go into the shows on a whim, and my Saturday whim was a wonderful one!


I enjoyed the exhibition, particularly the triptychs and the Burnt Canvasses.I missed some of his large paintings on display in Barcelona. Not too crowded on a Tuesday afternoon. Why is there a booking fee?


I loved this exhibition, especially the blue triptych - I don't think people should try to 'get' this, just experience it really. My Tate membership has really been wonderful, I came twice to see this exhibition, and also to the Gauguin exhibition, taking my time. I also downloaded the Tate/Miro app on to my ipod, which means I can listen to the background information again at home.

Claire Chapman

I enjoyed seeing so many works by Miro in one place. I like the c0lours, red against black. The triptyches were very absorbing. i hadn't seen them before, or any of his large works. I hadn't seen the early paintings before either,atall. They showed he had plenty of artistic skills, like most famous modern artists when you see their early work and their drawing abilities. The sculptures were OK but I have seen a lot of more interesting ones in Spain, in a sculpture garden somewhere. Perhaps they were impossible to detach and send over here.

Ernest Gray

I found the exibition very good and both my guest and I found the savage paintings spoke very much to us of Miro's life at the time he painted these, both in exile and when he returned to a Spain under Franco.


Fantastic exhibition, well curated and the chronological layout ensured I could go straight to the paintings that interested me the most as I was limited on time. The only criticism I could possibly have would be that there were too few places to sit and admire Miro's works. Loved the audio guide too. Thanks Tate Modern!


I wasn't sure that I like Miro's work. I can now say that I do. Especially the The Constellations series and I can't put my finger on what it was that made go back to room 12 to look at Painting on White Background for the Cell of a Recluse, they were just mesmerising. Great exhibition.


I have just been to see this for the second time, this time alone, and absolutely loved it. I've seen a lot of Miro in other places - Barcelona, New York, Washington - but I think the Tate surpassed even the Fundacion Miro in the range of work shown and the space given to it (Barcelona is a lovely venue but there isn't quite enough space), and seeing the chronology and the excellent visitor information made it all the more enjoyable. Having the burnt canvases displayed as they were intended was particularly special.

I didn't take the audio guide either time and am now wishing I had - may have to try to make another visit before it closes. But thank you for some very special memories.

(Small comment about lack of clarity about whether photography is allowed - the first time I was told definitely not, the second that some rooms were OK).


I just loved the blue room, and congratulate the curator on an impressively displayed exhibition. The political aspect was interesting but maybe simplistically I was amazed by the intensity of the colour after all this time.

Maurice Pagella

Saw some negative comments above about the cafe - I am a new member and found the cafe great. Prices were reasonable for central London and service was fantastic.

As for Miro I liked many of the paintings - found some of the commentary as to what they were saying and why interesting but maybe a bit over the top. Perhaps it was the troubles of the times that led to the some of the pictures but perhaps it was more personal - what is the authority for saying that he was a political artist? I'd love to know.

Anyway - it made me think maybe I should go on a course on Understanding Modern Art.

All in all a good thought provoking afternoon for a novice art viewer.

Soheila Sokhanvari

Colours that made me happy to be alive, Miro really understood colour. I feel I know the man better. Thank you all at Tate.

Soheila Sokhanvari

Colours that made me happy to be alive, Miro really understood colour. I never realised that his earlier paintings were quite so traditional but the exhibition really made the progression of his style clear for me and now I feel I know the man better. Thank you all at Tate.


Having been to the Miro museum in Barcelona, I went along to the Tate exhibition expecting to be uplifted and inspired. In truth, I found the overall effect slightly disappointing, without being able to put my finger on the cause of my dissatisfaction. In truth, the curators did a fine job of separating out strands of the artist's work and providing pithy comments to describe the work and the trends - especially the political context in which Miro's finest works were created. Maybe the problem was the lack of a single focal point to the exhibition, though the constellation paintings came pretty close in that regard. Maybe the Tate has categorised the artist without capturing his essence? Somehow he remains a touch elusive... and maybe that is a good thing? :)

pv richardson

I do agree that the members' room leaves a lot to be desired and that the restaurant above is a much more special experience.


As a member I love the fact that I can wander in and not have a planned time or specific commitment. I see more unfamiliar work and artists as a result. Miro is fascinating in the way his style moves - from early detailed paintings to almost blank canvasses to a merging of the early style with shapes and patterns to more big and almost blank to another merging and so on. You feel as though each time he wipes his mind clean of the previous style and once he has mastered something that is on his mind he can then go back and bring the previous style into the new one. I notice paths (to escape?) in the early work and ladders in later works. My favourite was sculpture of the eye escaping up the ladder.

Elisabeth Mor

I found that the exhibition flowed through Miro's development as an artist and as a person brilliantly. I enjoyed every minute and, although in the past I was not very kin on his paintings, knowing the story and the thoughts behind them has changed my perception on Miro. I can't wait to visit the Fundacio Miro in Barcelona in September. The white canvases with a black line would not do anything for me if I didn't listen to the explanation on the iphone app which I found extremely helpful. It really touched me how Miro, at the end of his life, was returning to his essence as a human being and reflected it in his work. Thank you so much for a wonderful exhibition.


I loved this exhibition, have encouraged a lot of others to go and see it

Wendy Franey

I enjoyed the first room particularly. Some later works didn't appeal to me, although I didn't use the audio guide, which probably would have given some insight into the more obscure pictures. I liked the chronological progression. Most of all, I now know much more about the man and his life.

Ilona Jesnick

Very enjoyable and a pleasure not pushing through crowds. I was so pleased to see the late, large tryptich that I'd enjoyed in Barcelona shown here in one of the side rooms. Good idea, both the side rooms; making people stop and look instead of walking straight past very abstract images. I prefer the emptier more abstract paintings to those with Surrealist imagery. I started my visit by walking fairly quickly through to the end and only began looking closely just before the final galleries. Interesting to then work back to the earliest landscapes - which I hadn't seen before, and see already present there all the calligraphic lines and biomorphic shapes that appear in the most famous paintings of his mature period. Didn't get the burnt paintings at all, but right at the end a tiny work that could be overlooked - in the final room a narrow scroll of marks and lines, like something in a language I could see but couldn't read. Really less is more. What I missed was anything from the 1950s. I couldn't see a thing from a whole decade and wandered back and forth in case I'd taken a wrong turn. Nothing in the catalogue either. Why? Not so much as a photo or an explanation on an info board. This felt weird. If you can't get work that's ok, but let us know. And I'd love to have seen some of his larger sculptures which are amazing. Photos would have been some consolation. As usual, no postcards of the pictures I really liked. Bought one blue Catalan peasant.


Sorry I can not write nothing about this exposition becouse I live in Argentina. But I am enjoing it a lots while I see it by internet.

Robert Norris

The size and depth of the exhibition was commendable and much appreciated. The number of important pieces was also notable, and the sourcing and research was also well done. I really enjoyed the tour, and the passion and enthusiasm towards Miro and his body of work was clearly evident in the guide, and his insight and personality made the exhibition very enjoyable and educational.


I went to the Miro exhibition since I was in town not because I have a special interest in Miro. Thought that the exhibition was very well laid out and I did like some of his earlier paintings. Found lots of his other canvasses quite repetitive and frankly speaking boring.However as always the experience to see something I have not seen in depth before is enriching.Had also the opportunity to see the Magritte at the Tate Liverpool which I very much preferred as an artist.


I was so inspired by some of the work. I had not seen some of the pieces either in their original form or in reproduction and was blown away by their power. A remarkable artist responding to an incredible political era. Really uplifting.

geralldine skeens

The Miro Ex was stunning, moving, beautiful and beautifully curated. The audio was excellent and enhancing. An eye-welling-up triumph!