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One of the most important cultural institutions in Barcelona is the Joan Miró Foundation, which houses more than 100,000 works by the Catalan artist. The collection includes paintings, sculptures and tapestries, as well as more than 8,000 sketches.
Since opening in 1975, it has become one of the most visited artistic centres in Catalonia. Something very interesting about this foundation is the deep and active involvement of the artist, who helped design this institution together with the famous architect Josep Lluís Sert with the idea of creating a didactic and interactive space between the exhibited works and the regular public.
As a result of this union between Miró and Sert, it was possible to create an authentic paradigm combining modernity with artistic independence thanks to the rationalist architectural design of the building. It presents features typical of the Mediterranean and integrates splendidly with the space located on Montjuic mountain.
The entire initial collection of the foundation was a direct donation from Miró's patrimonial legacy, which was splendidly coupled with the environment of the exhibition areas. After his death, his widow, Pilar Juncosa de Joan Prats, as well as other members of the family and private collectors, such as Kazumasa Katsuta, contributed other very important works by the artist.
Currently, the Joan Miró Foundation owns almost all of the artist's main collection and is considered one of the most important modern art centres worldwide.