Right in the historical center of Rome, just a few meters away from Piazza Navona, lies the monumental complex of the Chiostro del Bramante, a renaissance specimen of exceptional historical and architectural value, today the seat of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Within it, visitors will have the opportunity to admire until August 23rd a comprehensive exhibition of Joan Mirò's artwork: more than 80 works of art by the Catalan genius never seen before in our country, among which 50 large-sized oil paintings of remarkable beauty, but also terracotta, bronzes, and watercolors.
This thanks to the Fundaciò Pilar i Joan Mirò of Palma de Maiorca, to which most the artist's heritage belongs and which has conceded its works for an unprecedented Italian premiere. The curator of the exhibition is Marìa Luisa Lax Cacho, who is reputed to be the foremost international export of the bulk of Mirò's works.
The exhibition narrates the entire artistic production of the great master, with a special focus on the works created in the thirty years that he lived in Maiorca (from 1956 till his death in 1983). Among the collection of masterpieces visitors will have the chance to admire are the oil paintings "Femme dans la rue" ("Woman on the street" – 1973) and Untitled (1978), such bronzes as "Femme" ("Woman" – 1967); the sketches, among which the one used for the mural decoration of the Harkness Commons in Harvard University. This was an especially fruitful period for the artist, who at last could make use of a large atelier and a lab, in contact with his inspiring muse, nature, in an ongoing evolution of new concepts that allowed him to simultaneously produce multiple artworks.
This is the reason why organizers came up with the idea of fully recreating the studio in which Mirò authored his masterpieces within the exhibition spaces. Visitors will as such be able to take a look at all the objects, the brushes, and the authentic instruments that the artist used, which have been preserved thanks to the Foundation's endeavor.
The choice to exhibit the artworks within the renaissance frame of the Chiostro del Bramante proves successful, as a counterpoint to the multifaceted spirit of Mirò and to his form of expression made of blots, graphism, sprays, imprints, scrapings, stitches, and nails.
The view of the inner lodge of the Cloister, transformed to host the most varied of events and which deserves to be visited, is magnificent: there are chairs at the base of each pillar once used by monks and today used by the public for reading, conversation, and relax. In nearly all of the lunettes, visitors can admire delicate frescoes depicting stories out of the life of the Virgin Mary.
For those who would like to continue to enjoy the magical atmosphere that the streets of Rome have since time immemorial known how to create, we recommend that you walk down Via della Pace and stop at the literary cafe L’emporio alla Pace (The Emporium to Peace), where Ivano and Simonetta will welcome you inside their retro-decorated rooms and halls, and where you can enjoy an art break, immersed between plenty good books suggested and selected by the very owners. You also cannot afford to do without a stroll down the via del Governo Vecchio on a discovery of the antiques that are still exhibited in the workshops and to search for vintage clothing articles and accessories that are unique in their kind.