Joan Miró’s purpose-built studio in Spain will be recreated in London next January, minus the sunshine of its original Mallorcan setting.
The surrealist artist moved into the Palma atelier – designed by architect Jose Lluís Sert – in 1956. Now Barcelona-based gallery Mayoral is bringing the studio to Mayfair, transforming 6 Duke Street into a life-sized replica of the space where Miró worked until his death in 1983.
Joan Punyet Miró, the artist’s grandson, has assisted in recreating the studio, helped by photographs of the space taken during the 1970s by Jean-Marie del Moral.
‘The studio offered Miró a suitable working environment. When he closed the door behind him he knew he was cutting all contact with the outside world and entering into his imaginary universe,’ says Punyet. ‘This imaginary space, his reality, was arranged upon a background of Mediterranean light, colours and shapes.’
Some 25 pieces will be on show along with the artist’s letters and writing. Many of the original studio’s contents remain at its home in Mallorca, now a museum dedicated to the artist, so the exhibition’s curator Elvira Cámara has commissioned replicas. Among them is a painted canvas laid on the floor like a rug.
A wall-hung mummified cat (the remains of a pet Miró inadvertently left to die) has been left behind in Mallorca.
Miró’s Studio at Mayoral, on 6 Duke Street, runs from 21 January to 12 February 2016.