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Joan Miró Exhibition Posters from the Pierre Matisse Gallery

First showing of paintings, gouache, pastels and drawings by Joan Miro

First showing of paintings, gouache, pastels and drawings by Joan Miro. New York: Pierre Matisse Gallery, [1952]. Exhibition brochure. HR N7113.M54 A4 1952

First showing of paintings, gouache, pastels and drawings by Joan Miro

First showing of paintings, gouache, pastels and drawings by Joan Miro. New York: Pierre Matisse Gallery, [1952]. Exhibition brochure. HR N7113.M54 A4 1952

Miro: pastels, gouaches, drawings, sculptures: 1933–1943

Miro: pastels, gouaches, drawings, sculptures: 1933–1943. New York: Pierre Matisse Gallery, 1949. Exhibition poster. HR N7113.M54 A4 1949

Pierre Matisse, son of the Fauvist master Henri Matisse, was a prominent collector of European modern art in the mid-twentieth century. In October 1932, he opened the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York City and served as a champion of the sale and display of European modern art in the United States. In that same year, the gallery exhibited its first show on the Surrealist artist Joan Miró, and Matisse would continue to exhibit Miró more often than any other artist he represented during his illustrious 55-year career.

The blue, white, and black exhibition brochure boasts the “first showing of paintings, gouache, pastels, and drawings by Joan Miró.” This show was held from April 15 to May 17, 1952, almost 20 years after the gallery’s first Miró exhibition. While most definitely not the first display of Miró’s work, perhaps the brochure is claiming the exhibition is the first to combine these four artistic mediums.

The black, white, and red exhibition poster found in the Guggenheim’s library collection is from a 1949 exhibition at the Pierre Matisse Gallery containing pastels, gouaches, drawings, and sculptures created by Miró during the period from 1933 to 1943.

  • LoveArt143

    Huge fan of Miro’s work. I found this very interesting!

  • Christine Bush

    I’m looking forward to seeing the show in Fall 2014 at the Nasher Museum in Durham, NC. http://nasher.duke.edu/miro/