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 really enjoyed this exhibition - Miró has some very interesting pieces which I'd not come across before and didn't realise how much his style changed over the years. My personal highlights are the very fine drawings of 'The Farm' in the first room, 'Constellations' and the blue triptych.

Very pleased to have membership and being able to see all the exhibitions I want without even booking!

Tatevik Grigorian

I thought the exhibition was fantastic! I had seen Miro's work at his house-museum in Barcelona but I had never seen his early works. I was particularly struck by those. The entire exhibition was just fabulous.

Emma Geddes

I loved the exhibition; the work and the order of display as it was exemplar of Miro's development. I find Miro most impressionable for his relay of concept. I think the simplicities he has implemented enhance the communication of his ideoligies. His thought processes I hope will inspire my own work. The exhibition was a very nice place to be on my birthday!

Anthony de Sigley

Loved it! Profoundly moving. A must see!

Dave B.

Fantastic exhibition, showed he was a truly radical artist who produced beautiful work. Well done Tate following on the success of the Gaugin exhibition. Being a member is very cheap!!! and remarkably good value. CHEERS

Judy Goring

I found some of his work beautiful, some not so, but all showing an artist developing, changing, expressing himself - brilliant!

Roslyn Levitt

I thoroughlly enjoyed visiting the Miro exhibition on Thursday. The ipod was especially good in so many ways. As a member, I look forward to returning to this worthwhile exhibition. bw Ros


fantastic.... l felt like watching music, many thanks!


no R.C. he did not ,his picture dynamic owes more to Chinese art .


Very impressive curatorial work! It generally is at Tate Modern, which is the reason I am happily a member (and a happy member). Miro's work, although he himself is famous, does not appear to be well known--at least not through all of the phases of his art. This exhibit explains Miro's artistic development. Thank you!

Roger Cook

Miro certainly did understand cubism. He says in the comment and interview by James Sweeney published in 1948 that he "learned the structure of a picture from cubism."

David Ross-Marriott

I copied a Miro I saw in South of France at the Height Foundation ( in five minutes ) ie. 3 red flowers on black stalks ( one heart shaped )on white background . Very striking , I wonder what it is worth ?? My copy I mean ???. Good exhibition , tho' I did'nt realise Miro was so prolific or surrealist . I just find a lot of " Artists " take the mickey with the crap they dish out sometimes , especially when they have become famous and arrogant and ( you could say successful ) I think they are encouraged by "Some ART CRITICS " who can't paint themselves but ride on the fame of others with nonsense comments. I know some feel we have to push the boundaries , fair comment ! Who is being conned ? The public ??

Having said that some of the work was great and varied and we enjoyed a good part of the ART. We will visit again.

Tony Cook

I saw the exhibition yesterday and found it stunning and moving. It literally took my breath away at times. The brightness of colour and the luminous quality is so vivid. I have been an admirer of Miro for a long time, and what is brilliant at the Tate is the scale and the sense of context. It is so well put together. Someone on the BBC2 Review programme last night suggested not reading the labels which I found odd because the information is so useful for understanding the context of the artist. Congratulations on a fantastic experience.


I had not seen any of Miro's early work; that was interesting. Nor had I realised he was still painting in the late 70s and beyond; that was enlightening. However his surrealist work still leaves me underwhelmed: beautifully executed, colourful but meaningless. It has the same effect on me that agreat Roman Catholic Cathedral would probably have on a Martian who knew nothing of Christian symbolism and its Muslim and Jewish antecedents. I couldn't and still can't "read" his pictures and so they don't speak to me.


This was an excellently curated collection. It was particularly fascinating to see the gradual evolution of Miro's style and to understand how external influences changed how he painted. As with Picasso, it is important to see the painterly style of his early works to help make some sense of the later. Nevertheless, there is an awful lot of pretentious nonsence written about Miro. I liked his early works and his sculptures and was fascinated, but not particularly moved, by his subsequent move into so-called surrealism. I enjoyed some of his much later work, but found the bulk of this exhibition unexceptional as art. Could Miro have been having a joke at our expense? You've pictured three rooms in your blog which are certainly colourful. But others are not even that.

shirley january

I thought I knew Miro but this TATE MODERN exhibition opened my eyes to a lot of works that i had not seen. I loved the joyful, playful early works , especailly "The Farm." The large colour fieldworks were an oasis of calm beauty and a great contrast to Republican works like Aidez l'Espagne. The 1973 burnt canvases were remarkable and a manifestation of the final avant garde in Miro's work. Shirley


Incredible exhibition that I was excited to see. The new audio guides are fantastic as well, meaning that you don't have to cram yourself into a group of 30 around one painting to find out more about it. Can we please have a kandinsky exhibition soon!

David Rosser

Hi Mathew , Saw the exhibition last Thursday , some excellent ?!! Well displayed. Some was rubbish ( or I don't understand it, ! Surrealism ???? ) scribbles in crayon called Prison/escaping ?? Whats that ?? Seems once these Artists are Famous ANYTHING they do is admired and raved about by "EXPERTS , so called )Explain please, how is a single wavy line on a huge white canvas called ART ??? I don't get it !! I wish I did !!I enjoyed about half, the rest my 3 year old could do ! Maybe I should have paid for the Audio ?? Well presented and not too crowded . Maybe a 2nd visit is needed as I am a member. Thanks


Mazen Daher

In the Blue Triptych, the wonder of a whisper!

Tina Facer

Hi Matthew What a fantastic exhibition. There was plenty of space to view everything properly without being jostled. What really came alive for me was the progression in his thinking and artistic style. The audio commentary was particularly good. Well done to everyone involved in this exhibition.

Joanna Bisdee

Really enjoyed the exhibition and willt ry to go back and go over it again more slowly perhaps with the audio-guide. Expanded my view of Miro considerably - he seemsvery exploratory and on a constant 'journey' - I had been totally unaware of his earlier and more 'impressionist' work. Very good exhibition!

Gary Winship

Very interesting to see how Miro changed his style throughout his life from beginning to end. Loved it. Well curated. xx


I really enjoyed the exhibition, thought it was well laid out especially having the triptychs in their own space with seating. I would have liked to see some of Miro's ceramics that were mentioned but not on display. I would have liked a larger selection of the artworks available as postcards. Well done.

Karen Rumsey

We visited yesterday and started in the last room - partly to avoid the crowds and partly because it can be quite an interesting way to view an artist's work - and we thought the show outstanding. Miro's energy poured out of the canvasses and we found it enlivening and so pleased he lived to see Franco's regime ended. It is a great show and we will re-visit and recommend.

One observation: it is a long show, so maybe some additional seating might be useful!

BTW: I commend David Rossner's three year old on their artistic talents :-)

João Carlos Ca...

We had a wonderful time at the exhibition. It was highly informative, well organized and gave my wife and I a comprehensive view of an artist whose works we admired but knew very sparsely. Real pleasure, not to be missed. Thanks, João Carlos

Paul Howie

a fantastic exhibition, broadening my knowledge and appreciation of this inspirational artist.I have visited both Miro Foundations in Barcelona and Palma but feel this exhibition provided context leading to greater understanding of Miro's work. I'll be back soon.

lea ouai

enjoyed 'barcelona' series and royal family - and lots of the titles were great

marguerite christmas

To appreciate Miro's work it has to be viewed close up because his colours are so vibrant, even the minutest detail. I loved the whole exhibition because not only was his work well displayed, there were lots of vantage points from a seated position. Also the video display outside the room gave an excellent account of his working life. Thank you so much, I shall be travelling to Tate Modern to see it again, bringing another friend.

Emma Mason

I really enjoyed this exhibition. It was really interesting to see how his art developed over the years, and I found that (unlike for the Tate Britain watercolour exhibition) the wall notes were quite helpful. So many of his paintings are evocative of the wonderful light and colours of the Catalonian landscape. I will definitely be making a return visit.

Royston Kent

A magical collection so comprehensive and with such stylistic contrast. I was bemused as to why nobody visiting found the titles of his work amusing. What a sense of humour! You can get so close and examine the techniques he used. I shall visit again soon.

janet sinha

the exhibition is breath-taking and i look forward to returning many more times over the next few months.


Julia Sandiford

I loved this exhibition - a lot of the paintings encouraged me to dream and made my imagination to work. Thought is was so well curated.

Really just posting here to say I think the hanging of the burnt paintings was inspired. The ones against a wall let you feel safe as the wall filled in the space/created another dimension, but the ones hanging in air looked so brutalised I was really shocked and upset by them. Brilliant painting, brilliant presentation of the work.

Thanks. J.

David Fairman

Loved the show...The colour..the technique and the deep spiritual and political messages contained and preserved for ever...A man both of his time and ahead of it.

Well done Tate...

David Fairman


A triumph for mediocrity!

James Baddock

I loved the Miro exhibition! I was really struck by the mixture of childlike exuberance and anxiety evident in most of his work. The sculptures were particularly powerful.

I had read Waldemar Januszczak's review of the exhibition before going, and seeing those works made me realise how wide of the mark and disingenuous the critic's writeup had been; he claimed Miro's work is all fun and whimsy and neglected to mention the artist's responses to the Spanish Civil War or ways in which his work directly engaged with that conflict and other political upheavals. He also affected not to know that curatorial decisions about the Tate retrospective were informed in part by Miro's engagement with the real world of politics and war, and "predicted" that the Tate's stance on Miro would wrongheadedly see political significance and a darker vein in the works on display. I can understand a critic's antagonism to po-faced worthiness in art curation, but deliberately ignoring the facts as a way of deriding the Tate's work is just absurd.

Well done, Tate!


Hey Matthew!

Loved it. Had a really crap day at work and only the thought of going to Miro last night kept me from loosing it. Really exhilarating to see so much vibrancy, stunning colour, minute detail, range styles, awesome scale, juxtaposition of materials, concepts and great titles. It calmed and soothed me. I was also taken by the lovely Miro jewellery, so much so that I bought a complete set - extravagant or what!!

Fab. Thank you.


Miro didn't even understand cubism,I'm sorry Roger Cook,fascism etc,yes true all well and good but the average pole dancer evinces more 'libidinal energy'.They were always asking Picasso if he was a Communist (the main use of which was to at least offset Fascism ) and he would answer well, he was and he wasn't ( the correct answer for an artist surely) Genuine automatism doesn't keep coming up with the same motifs ?(see Yeats)I think Miro is more akin to folk art style and cross ethnic input such as inspired Gaudi who took these to much greater expression though.

Jonathan Balkind

I have a particular fascination with the early stages of an artist's experience and its transformation into their mature style. Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky and many others illustrate this phenomenon well. Some - especially the Secessionists - returned periodically to their lyrical roots with landscapes and scenes of childhood. I was astonished, nevertheless, to see how the dense event horizons of Miro's wonderful, glowing views of Mont-roig evaporated like morning mist, leaving the kernels of his mature symbolism dotted across his pictorial fields from as early as the 1920's. The symbols crowd into the incredible concentrations of the "Constellations" before - once again - melting away leaving the pure expanses of the triptichs.

As a teenager, my late mother wanted to run away from home and fight in the Spanish Civil War. Unable to speak a word of Spanish, she learned several Llorca poems by heart, and she kept a few stones and an olive branch from Viznar/Alfacar as a hommage in a small bowl in her bedroom. Unaccountably, she did not seem to grasp Miro's political message in the same way as Lorca's poetry: the visual medium was never as accessible to her, and she struggled with surrealism. Thankfully, I have no such problem.

What a treat, too, to have such diverse works assembled from such a wide variety of collections, all hung and captioned so intelligently and informatively. Long live this kind of "blockbuster".


I though it was a brilliant exhibition. I had no idea that there was so much to Miro's work. It was truly amazing to see how his style had evolved over his lifetime, and a real emotional journey! It was beautiful to see him develop his calligraphical technique, the two tryptic rooms were stunning and then the shocking way his savage pieces were displayed made seem alive. I only wish I had known more about the events and politics that influcenced his work before visiting - though I left hungry to find out more!


Pirkko Koppinen

Since visiting Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona few years ago I have been waiting to see more of Miro's original work and the exhibition at the Tate Modern fulfilled my dream - it exceeded all my expectations. I brought my daughter, who is also a longstanding fan of Tate Modern, to see the exhibition and we both agreed that it was truly a wonderful and powerful experience. The impact of war in Miro's work was highlighted especially well.

I joined Tate as a member today so that I can see the exhibition again.

maria m.

My bad luck!...I'll be in London in late November and as each year, will visit the TATE MODERN which I love! Miro moves me...its color and intensity reminds me of the eyes of a child, so beautiful!


Will be in London in three weeks time from Australia. Thank you Tate for getting the timing right. Usually the best exhibitions are closing the week before I arrive or open the week after I leave. Really looking forward to seeing Miro in a major show. Tate Modern is always a favourite on my visits.


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A more moving experience than I had thought that I'm thrilled to have seen. I shall make a second visit if possible!

Antonio Boix Pons

A wonderful exhibition! I especially like the excellent selection of works and the disposition in the rooms, to observe the works with pleasure. Congratulations.

Robert L. Evans

Absolutely fabulous. Maravioso. Sincerely,

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Daisy Garnett

This is such a great show - so thoughtfully curated. I couldn't believe how surprising I found it. I lived in Barcelona for a year too and so thought I knew Miro's work well....not so well it turns out.

Anyway, we love the show so much that we've managed to nab two tickets to give away to it....visit www.a-littlebird.com to enter our prize draw.


Miro what can I say.....source of inspiration, the colors, the composition it blows my mind every single time.

Ticket London is in the pocket, see ya Tate!


miro is never enough! i will be visiting this week! :)