Miró Musings and Lunch at the BeachSpring in Spain - - Wednesday, May 9, 2012
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The Miró Exhibition that inspired this tour, Joan Miró and the Ladder of Escape, is at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC until August 12... well worth a visit if you're in the area. Miró wanted his native Barcelona to have his own collection of art, and in 1972 asked his friend Josep Llluis Sert to design its home, the Fundació Miró, atop Montjuic Hill. The airy white space is a perfect backdrop for Miro's work, which expresses his own colorful and playful language in sculpture, painting, textiles works and drawings.
Laia, our guide, translates his idiom for us, pointing out the changes in his work, especially visible in the civil war and repressed Franco years.
We enjoy watching the engagement of young schoolchildren, who easily respond to the bright colors and quirky squiggles and shapes of the art and the enthusiastic explanations of the guide.
and out Miró's creations fascinate and intrigue.
It's a gorgeous day for an aerial swoop across the bay to the beaches of Barceloneta.
From the Montjuic Aerie we watch a crew training far below,
and bright swathes of fishing nets drying in the sun.
Down the tower elevator, and we're soon walking along the beach,
past a relaxed (!) Homer,
to Can Majó, for some of the best seafood in Barcelona.
Oh - have to try some razor clams too
with some icy Sangria to wash it all down.
But be sure to leave room for the house specialty, Fideua - Barcelona's answer to paella.
Can Majó is another of our don't miss Barcelona favorites - such delicious food in such a relaxing and beautiful place!