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Beyond the Visible and Known
Joan Miro

When in Istanbul, I visited the Joan Miro exhibition at the Sakip Sabanci Museum, a private fine arts museum with magnificent views of the Bosphorus. It is a must visit exhibition if you happen to be in Istanbul by February, 2015. Along with Picasso and Dali, Miro was a Catalan Spanish modernist who dominated the 20th century art. The exhibition titled Women, Birds, and Stars focuses mainly on the symbolism that Miro used in his art. In fact what stood out for me mainly is that he truly could see beyond an everyday object and therefore, create it into art. I felt that as he created, he also had an almost childlike curiosity and such a profound appreciation for looking and truly seeing beyond the visible, and beyond the object. He was almost like a mystic who developed his own visual and poetic vocabulary - stars and spirals, symbols of infinity and nothingness, the number 13 and 9. What I saw was the work of a great artist who had a deep and abiding love for life, which he made visible through his work. "Everything can be useful," Miró said (in 1947) of his use of ordinary objects in his work. One example for this seeing beyond the visible is his sculpture titled “Girl Escaping”, where he used a tap as the hat.

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