The Fundació’s collection began with a donation by Joan Miró. On March 7th, 1981, Miró and his wife Pilar Juncosa bequeathed the artist's studios—the Sert studio and Son Boter—to the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, along with the pieces, documents, and objects they contained. Miró’s generous legacy included paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints, as well as a valuable collection of documents and part of his personal library.
The collection of works by Joan Miró includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints. All in all, it comprises 118 paintings on canvas, 275 mixed media pieces, 1512 drawings, and 35 sculptures, as well as prints. The wealth of the collection is a reflection of the variety of techniques, materials, and procedures that Miró used, and often allows us to reconstruct his creative process. The many painting, sculpture, ceramic, mural, print and tapestry projects bear witness to Miró’s inexhaustible creativity during the last stage of his life. The chronological range of the pieces in the collection goes from 1908 to 1981, although most of them were produced from the 1960s on. The oldest surviving oil painting by Miró is part of this collection. In terms of three-dimensional pieces, the Fundació houses unique assemblages and limited edition bronzes, mostly produced in the 1960s and 70s. The oldest drawings date back to the mid-1930s, and the most recent are sketchbooks from 1981. The Fundació also owns an important print collection of over 700 pieces.
Over time, the Fundació has also acquired works by other artists, many of which were included in homages to Miró. Among these are pieces by Arroyo, Canogar, Chagall, Chillida, Chirino, Feito, Francés, Genovés, Guerrero, Guinovart, Gordillo, Hernández Pijuan, Rueda, Millares, Mompó, Múñoz, Ràfols Casamada, Saura, Sempere, Tàpies, and Villalba. Lastly, the collection has grown with the addition of pieces produced in the Fundació’s printmaking studios by artists such as Peter Phillips, Wolf Vostell, Joan Cruspinera, and Rafa Forteza, among others.
The Fundació’s collection includes a large and unique ensemble of objects that were collected and kept by the artist over the years. They are objects that he stored at the Sert and Son Boter studios and that inspired and interested him for a variety of reasons. In addition to objects, there are also many postcards and newspaper and magazine clippings tacked onto the wall, which can be considered as points of departure for part of Miró's iconographic repertoire. These objects and papers create a specific creative environment that was absolutely essential for Miró’s way of working.
“Everything I let into this space is related to my work. These things are reminders, things I need to create an atmosphere. A picture of a wonderful circular theater, sent from Poland, or an ad for sponge cake. And folk art, which is what I like best.” Georges Raillard, Miró. Ceci est la couleur de mes rêves: Entretiens avec Georges Raillard.