Miro Exhibit

Come and see the Miro Exhibit,” they said.

No, thanks, not my cup of tea,” I replied.

So where did we end up this morning? Yes, you guessed, the new Joan Miro exhibit at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. For someone who studied art history for my A levels, there are artists I love, and then there are artists who make me scratch my head in wonder. Spanish artists, Joan Miro, is one of those you either love, or love to hate. I’m neither, but I do find it amazing that people continue to gush over what is, essentially, for me at least, ‘Street’ art—yes, I think he was something of a graffiti artist of his day.

I’ve seen work done by elephants that have more depth, colour and beauty than an average Miro painting, and sell for a lot less too. But then, who am I to say what is art, and what isn’t. It’s all very subjective, and personal. Like what we like to read, or watch by way of movies, we all have our likes and dislikes. Anyway, my thoughts aside, here’s a selection of snap-shots from the exhibit, and yes, they let us take photos.

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  1. July 18, 2019

    Miro i heard about before but if you shoved any of the pictures in my face, i wouldn’t have known it was done by him.
    Can’t say it’s my style really 😀 I defo wouldn’t want to hang any of these in my room for example.
    The angry potato (first row 2nd pic) and the sad broken cucumber (second row middle) are hilarious tho.

    • July 19, 2019

      Most people know the name, Norrie, but don’t reslise he did ‘blob’ art. Or, maybe they do. And I love your vivid descriptions, which are more accurate than those we read pinned to the wall at the exhibit. Sad cucumber and angry potato made me giggle! 😉

  2. Alexandra
    July 17, 2019

    Oh, you were a military brat just like me then, Jonetta!? My family were Air Force, British of course, and we travelled … a lot. So yes, that experience was the foundation of who I am today. And yes, truly a gift.

  3. You’re gonna laugh at me but…I love this stuff. I cut my teeth in art appreciation on the old impressionists. That helped me gain an appreciation for contemporary artists. I look at these and see incredible emotion and beautiful use of color. But, then, I’m an eclectic reader, too. When I was growing up, my Mom used to say I had a wild imagination. I think she was right.

    Thank you SO much for sharing this exhibit😍 I really do understand why this isn’t your cuppa. FYI, I don’t get Jackson Pollard😬

    • July 12, 2019

      Oh, I’m not laughing, Jonetta, I understand that we all see something different in art, and that’s what makes it so interesting. And, like you, I studied art history at college, so I know how to look at it in context. Doesn’t mean I have to like it! Ha! Ha! But I do enjoy a lot of contemporary works, and post modernists too. I love Riopelle’s work. I’m posting about him tomorrow.

      And I’m glad to enjoyed my post, you can tell me what you think of Riopelle tomorrow. 😉

      • Oh, let me be clear…I took one course so I’m clearly not a scholar. I just grew up around so much of it (we lived in Naples, Italy for three years). That country seems to have museums on every block. I have zero talent, nor a credible eye for it.

        • July 15, 2019

          Wether you studied or not, makes no difference, we either are drawn to art, and certain types of art, or we simple go through life blind as my art prof use to say. And I think we can appreciate art better, sometimes, for NOT being a scholar, because it’s all about what “speaks” to us, and not about looking with a critical eye.

          But that aside, how luck for you to have lived in Italy, I am in awe. I’ve visited a few times, and yes, just for the buildings and art. Though, who can resist gelato? lol

  4. July 11, 2019

    Bwahahaha Alexandra for as much as I do love painting and art I’ve always had a problem with contemporary art. I need to understand what I am seeing or I need to think that I could not do it LOL

    • July 12, 2019

      Then we’re in good company, Sophie, because while I appreciate that everyone has their own expression, I find this kind of work hard to digest too. There’s abstract and then there is this! And for me, never will the two reconcile. 😉

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