The exhibition Mainou looked. The spirit of the landscape (1940-1955), organized by the Casa de Colón on the occasion of the centenary of the painter's birth, has received more than 2,000 visits since it opened its doors on November 30, 2021. The museum center collects in this exhibition the works from the artist's formative period before his arrival in Gran Canaria (1940-1949), as well as works from the first years of Mainou's stay on the island.
The Casa de Colón keeps the exhibition open to the public until next January 30. It can be visited for free, from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is necessary to remember the need to present a Covid certificate or negative diagnostic test by people over 12 years of age.
The director of the Casa de Colón, Elena Acosta, makes a very positive assessment of the success of visits to the exhibition, especially taking into account the current capacity restrictions. “It shows a totally unknown stage of Miró Mainou, his Catalan period”, explains Acosta, who highlights the fact that, until now, “the artist was best known here for his paintings of the Canarian landscape”.
In this sense, the exhibition, which is still open to the public, reviews the formative stage of the painter in Catalonia and how when he arrived in the Canary Islands "he poured all his knowledge into the Canarian landscape", explains the director of the Casa de Colón. “Our contribution to the Centenary has been to offer the public a new vision of the artist, coinciding with the centenary of his birth”.
This was the ultimate goal of the exhibition's organizing team, led by its curator, Antonio Almeida: to make known the most unknown facet of the artist. In this sense, the edition of the Catalog-Book 'Miró Mainou (1940-1955). The spirit of the landscape' is one more tool for delving into the figure of the distinguished painter.
The curator of the exhibition, Antonio Almeida, emphasizes, in this sense, the work of collecting abundant bibliographic, documentary and journalistic material for the preparation of the catalog-book published for the exhibition. 250 copies have been published and will be on sale in the Museum store. Almeida values the collaboration provided by the painter's family. "We have managed to gather some 35 photographs belonging to the family album that show us the most intimate sphere of Mainou." Almeida wanted to highlight at the same time the objective of this edition. "We wanted the public to take away a broader vision of Mainou's work as an artist, from its origins in Catalan impressionism, to expressionism and the landscape abstraction of his later work."
The exhibition that hosts the Casa de Colón is divided into two parts. On the one hand, in one of the rooms there are about twenty works with Mainou's stage in his training period, which reflect his links with his teachers and his trips to the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean in his early years, between 1940 and 1949. That same year he arrived in Gran Canaria for the first time, where he settled in Villa de Moya, beginning the exploration of the landscape in his paintings. The exhibition ends with a brief look at the best-known work in Gran Canaria, between the 70s and 80s. In this comparison you can see his evolution as an artist, going from a landscape of representation of reality to a more expressionist one, almost abstract. He looked at Mainou (1940-1955). the spirit of the landscape brings together pieces, mainly oils on canvas or board, from private collections, from the holdings of the Casa de Colón and from collaboration with other institutions, such as the Moya City Council and the Caja de Canarias Foundation, as well as from the Miró Mainou family archive , with the contribution of photographs from the family album.