A journey through dream-like, wordless lyrical poetry in colour, created with the red, blue and yellow of Joan Miró’s palette, acquaints the visitor with a part of the Catalan maestro’s production that is lesser explored: his work as illustrator. Miró became involved in art prints to such a degree that for certain periods he stopped painting to dedicate himself totally to the creation of graphic works for limited-edition books and magazines. These are poetic stories in which Miró interacts with the writings of great authors of his time in a non-verbal alphabet made of line and colour, reinterpreting their words through his own personal sensitivity. The fantastic ideograms of Miró act as the ideal complement to the words of the poets with whom the maestro relates.
The Certosa di Bologna is a former monastery which was founded in 1334 and suppressed in 1797. In 1801 it became the city’s Monumental Cemetery which would be much praised by Byron and others. In 1869 an Etruscan necropolis, which had been in use from the sixth to the third centuries BCE, was discovered here. The Certosa is located just outside the walls of Bologna, at the foot of the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca. It is one of the oldest cemetery of Europe, a monument that has a worldwide importance, a place that is unique for the sculpture and the architecture of the XIX and the XX century.