Narrated by Ed Harris and produced by the National Gallery of Art, Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape documents the life and work of one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century.
Joan Miró was passionately committed to his native Catalonia and its struggle for independence from Spain. But he also longed to escape into artistic freedom. This tension drove his art in strange and beautiful ways. Miro was by turns influenced by Dada, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism, but his changes in style and subject also reflected the horrific events of the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the dictatorship of Franco.
The documentary includes original footage shot in Barcelona and Catalonia, interviews with scholars, images of Miró's paintings and sculpture, and archival footage and photos.
DVD. 32 minutes.
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