The Mesopotamian art of modernism at the Fundació Miró

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Culture / 24 November, 2017

María Luisa Garitagoitia Desarrollo de Negocio

The origin of man and early civilisations have always been a source of inspiration for artists in their works. Hence Mesopotamia has attracted the attention of modern artists who have let finds from this ancient region contemporary to their time inspire their creations. Fascination with Mesopotamian art was a constant feature in the works of these artists during the interwar period (1918-1939) and their interpretation is shown in the works exhibited in the exhibition entitled 'Sumeria and the Modern Paradigm' offered by the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona between 28th October 2017 and 21st January 2018 .
Sumeria, in ancient Mesopotamia, was the first and most ancient civilisation. Now you can see it from a modernist perspective through this exhibition.
This exhibition comprise works that in some cases serve to reveal archaeological finds during modern times and where artists like Le Corbusier found their muse. The Fundació Joan Miró is a benchmark in contemporary art and was created by the artist himself to house his own works together with creations by other 20th and 21st century artists. The foundation building is a work by Josep Lluís Sert, a great friend of Joan Miró, blending architecture with Mediterranean features with the principles of modern rationalism. Joan Miró undertook to ensure that the tour of the museum bearing his name was a fruitful dialogue between his work and contemporary creation, seeking a space that would reflect a fusion of art, architecture and landscapes. Miró’s work does not belong to any particular movement, it flees from academicism and in his creation he shows his sensitivity towards the social and political events of his time. Deeply rooted in his homeland but with international projection, he creates a unique, personal language whereby his work.