A little bit about Joan Miro, the Barcelona-born surrealist with the colorful and exuberant museum up on Montjuic. He said “You must always plant your feet firmly on the ground if you want to be able to jump up in the air.” His exhibits and art seem some of the most kid-friendly around, and we weren’t surprised to see several school groups of small kids absorbing lectures about his work.
But like the other surrealists during this time, his joyful-seeming work is juxtaposed with the reality of the dark social forces gathering around him. A time of revolution and despair — of collage and painting and anti-painting.
Then, after Miro, we end our wild ride in Barcelona back with the people and the scenery that cause its constant buzz, hustle, and dance.