Painters and sculptors collaborated with Sert, the Catalan architect, by creating works integrated into the building and in nature. The complex mixes internal and exterior spaces with the sculpture garden, the courtyards, terraces and patios, the exhibition rooms, the chapel, library and bookshop.
A true haven of greenery, the sculpture garden was conceived to present modern and contemporary art in all its forms. Meandering through this entry garden, we encounter the ceramic of Fernand Léger, the playful fountain of Pol Bury, the monumental stabile of Alexander Calder or the wind sculpture of Takis. There are also sculptures by Jean Arp, Anthony Caro, Damien Cabanes, Eduardo Chillida, Erik Dietman, Barbara Hepworth, Fabrice Hyber, Joan Miró … presented in the rhythm of the seasons.
Other works are directly integrated into the buildings: the mosaic on the outer wall was created by Pierre Tal-Coat, and les Amoureux by Marc Chagall was installed on the bookshop wall. Illuminating the St Bernard chapel are stained-glass windows by Braque and Ubac who also created the extraordinary slate reliefs.
And of course, let’s not forget the extraordinary garden-labyrinth of Miró where we are led by an Ariadne's thread the minute we enter the Foundation.
The Sculpture Garden
The Pol Bury Fountain
The Pol Bury Fountain with water dripping from its articulated arms is an original and playful sculpture where visitors can relax in a poetic setting.
Alexander Calder's stabile
Les Renforts, Alexander Calder’s monumental stabile from 1963, dominates the sculpture garden amongst the pine trees.
The St Bernard chapel
The chapel dedicated to St Bernard, a consecrated building, contains a Spanish Christ from the 12th century and the Way of the Cross in sculptured slate by Raoul Ubac. Ubac also designed a stained-glass window La Croix et le Rosaire and Georges Braque created Oiseau Blanc that embodies the sacred.
Georges Braque's pool
For the inside patio of the Foundation, Georges Braque created a pool where Les Poissons (1963) could "swim».
The Giacometti courtyard
The sculptures, including the Homme qui marche (1960), were arranged by Alberto Giacometti in the central courtyard which, today, bears his name.
The Miró Labyrinth
The Miró Labyrinth, a monumental in situ work, is filled with sculptures and ceramic. It was designed by the artist with his friend, ceramist Josep Llorens Artigas. We are led by an Ariadne's thread in a unique space where we encounter dreamlike characters and figures: an Egg, a Lizard, a Fork … dominated by an animal “arc de triomphe” inspired by the great Greek and Catalan mythologies.