In 1954, the Spanish Surrealist, then 60 years old, bought property in Cala Major, a resort just outside the Majorcan capital, Palma. “To divide my time between here and Paris…would be perfect for my work and health,” he wrote in a letter that year. Working with his wife, Pilar Juncosa, he instructed Barcelona architect Josep Lluís Sert to create a building whose outside was inspired by Mediterranean architecture. Inside, a large, rectangular room swam in natural light, while an L-shaped balcony allowed the artist to survey his work from above.
According to Miró’s grandson, art historian Joan Punyet Miró, the artist’s original studio contained a “motley array of objects” on a built-in workbench alongside one side of its entrance. “He had pieces from Papua New Guinea, from New Caledonia, from Alaska, and then he picked up bits and pieces from the mountain and the beach,” said Miró in an interview at Mayoral Galeria d’Art. “All these shapes, the poetry he read, the music he listened to…it made him a person who didn’t fall into repetition and everyday work.”