The Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca Foundation was formed in 1981, the year in which Joan Miró and his wife Pilar Juncosa donated the four workshops in which the artist had carried out his creative work from 1956.
The Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca Foundation was formed in 1981, the year in which Joan Miró and his wife Pilar Juncosa donated the four workshops in which the artist had carried out his creative work from 1956, when he settled permanently on the Island - and where he remained until his death in 1983 - as well as the large number of works they contained.
Throughout this time, Miró had been seriously concerned at the thought that what had been his creative environment, imbued with the imprint of his daily work and the origin of his final creative phase, should be forgotten or simply disappear.
I do not want them some day to build one of those horrendous skyscrapers which I see all around me... I am tormented by the idea that some day a gang of workmen could carry away the walls and the Son Boter drawings would be lost for ever more... Joan Miró
Faced with this possibility, the painter decided that the ideal legal arrangement, would be to donate part of his patrimony to the Palma City Council, in such a way that the people of Mallorca would be the first to benefit from such an important donation.
In 1981, the Palma City Council approved the formation of the Fundació Pública Municipal Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca as a living and dynamic cultural centre and drew up the charter that would govern it in the future.
In 1986, five years after the Foundation was established, and three after the death of Joan Miró, on becoming aware that it was essential to build a headquarters for the Foundation, and one which would be in keeping with the spirit of its Charter, Pilar Juncosa, Miró’s widow, announced her donation of the property as its perfect location, as well as her wish to cooperate financially. And to this end, she donated 39 gouaches and 3 oils to be auctioned at Sotheby’s for the benefit of the Foundation.
The auction, held in Madrid on 9th December 1986, was a great success. The money which was raised made it possible for work to begin on the project to make the decisive role of this setting in the work, environment and creative processes of the painter Joan Miró known to Palma and the rest of the world
The objective of the Foundation will be the promotion and diffusion of artistic knowledge, assisting the creative work of future artists, in close and constant cooperation with all sectors of the population, over and above the usual museum schema with a cardinal and dynamic reality which explains the aesthetics of contemporary art in a truly vital way. Art. 4 of the Charter