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In partnership with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, UNC-TV produced a 30-minute documentary to coincide with the opening of the Museum’s special exhibition, Miró: The Experience of Seeing, scheduled from September 14, 2014 through February 22, 2015. This exhibition presents a rare glimpse into the later works of the Spanish-born artist Joan Miró (1893-1983), one of the true modern masters of 20th-century art in Europe. Featured in the exhibition are over 50 drawings, paintings and sculptures drawn from the final 20 years of Miró’s career. All works are on loan from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid.
Joan Miró, a contemporary of Picasso and Matisse, was an internationally renowned modern artist whose career spanned nearly 70 years. After moving to Paris in the 1920s and briefly aligning himself with the Surrealist movement, Miró headed off in his own direction, creating a personal pictorial and sculptural universe in mediums as diverse as drawing, painting, etching, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and ceramics.
“Joan Miró is one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century,” says Marshall Price, the Nasher Museum’s Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “His life spanned almost the entire century and he was a constant innovator throughout his entire career.”
Building on the success of two prior collaborations with the Nasher Museum of Art, El Greco to Velázquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III and Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore, this new documentary will introduce UNC-TV’s statewide viewers to this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. The program will provide an artistic and historical context to the artist’s works through stunning high-definition video, historical footage and photographs of Miró at work in his studio, and in-depth interviews with the Nasher’s Marshall Price, Sarah Schroth, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director and Miró scholar Robert Lubar.
“These are some of the most courageous, wholehearted, joyful works ever created,” says Nasher director, Sarah Schroth. And these are the works that UNC-TV’s audience will encounter and enjoy in Miró: The Experience of Seeing.