The first major Miró retrospective to be held in London for almost 50 years, Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape offers a comprehensive overview of the career of this most engaging of 20th-century artists, spanning six decades and more than 150 paintings, sculptures and prints.

The playful symbolism, generous colours and visual energy of Miró's work have made it easy to overlook the political content of his work " something this exhibition attempts to remedy, offering a perspective on 'the turbulence of the 20th century, the way an artist's life might be shaped by proximity to these great political upheavals'.The first major Miró retrospective to be held in London for almost 50 years, Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape offers a comprehensive overview of the career of this most engaging of 20th-century artists, spanning six decades and more than 150 paintings, sculptures and prints. The playful symbolism, generous colours and visual energy of Miró's work have made it easy to overlook the political content of his work " something this exhibition attempts to remedy, offering a perspective on 'the turbulence of the 20th century, the way an artist's life might be shaped by proximity to these great political upheavals'.Focusing on three main periods of the artist's life " his childhood in Catalonia, life as an exile in Paris through the war years, and finally his radicalism in the 1960s " the exhibition draws Miró's work into dialogue with its social and political context. We see the artist's rare works of explicit protest " such as Aidez l'Espagne, provoked by the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War " moving into the more abstract defiance of his Constellations during the Second World War, and the dynamic protest of his 1960s works, their pictorial anarchy inspired by Miró's encounters with the paintings of Jackson Pollock.

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