After two triumphant months, Miró stays on Livraria Lello until the end of Summer

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Exhibition "Artistic Forms - Illustrated Books of Joan Miró" extended for another three months, until September 30, 2018.

After two months in which Livraria Lello was the first house in Portugal - and the second in the world - to have the privilege of receiving the fascinating trip of Miró, carried out by its beautiful trait, to each one of the 13 beautiful poets which were part of his life, we are pleased to announce that Sucessió Miró and the grandson of the timeless Spanish painter, Joan Punyet Miró, recognizing the enormous success of the exhibition inaugurated on April 28th, authorized its extension throughout the summer until September 30th, 2018.

During his two months at Livraria Lello, the exhibition "Artistic Forms - Illustrated Books by Joan Miró" attracted the attention of over 180,000 visitors from more than 60 different nationalities. Its extension throughout the summer will reach 500 thousand visitors, who will contact with the wealth of the literary universe of Miró and with the illustrations that he created on the 13 poets and poems he loved the most.

It is an exhibition of books from artists belonging to the documentary collection of the private library of Joan Miró, for the first time exhibited in Portugal and for the second time around the world.

The exhibition features 13 books illustrated by Joan Miró with texts by some of the most prominent poets of the twentieth century, among them André Frénaud, André Pieyre de Mandiargues, José-Miguel Ullán, Lise Deharme, Michel Leiris, Pablo Neruda and René Char. In this selection, the book by the Brazilian poet João Cabral de Melo Neto, entitled "Joan Miró" (1950 edition), deserves special attention, in which the two friends tried new techniques with innovative results, some of the books also counting on the editor’s complicity, poet and artist Pierre André Benoit.

This exhibition witnesses a fascinating journey through illustrated books throughout the 20th century. It represents the intertextual and artistic dialogue that Joan Miró carried out with the most important writers of his time, always privileging the poetry that he reinterpreted plastically through engravings and lithographs.
This exhibition shows how the adventure of Joan Miró as a plastic artist is inseparable from its relationship with literature.

At Livraria Lello we take care of summoning the beautiful outside of us to come and magnify the beautiful that always lives in this beautiful bookstore.
Thus, Livraria Lello deepens its position as an essential cultural centre of the city of Porto, focused on breaking the barriers between countries and between different artistic forms, as well as bringing the best authors, today as ever, to their readers, consolidating Porto's vocation as a literary city.
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