Barcelona’s iconic Majestic Hotel & Spa will honour the work of painter, sculptor and ceramicist Joan Miró for one magical evening on Thursday September 27. It will host a special benefit dinner in support of the restoration of the artist’s textile masterpiece the Tapestry of the Fundació – a colossal artwork created in 1979, which is the only example of Miró classic painting style crafted in wool that is still on public display.
Miró turned to tapestry as a medium in the late 1970s – making the choice to reject the constraints of classic painting – which resulted in graphic wall hangings constructed from numerous textural fabrics. The three original pieces in the series included Woman – which was retired from the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC in 2003 – and the World Trade Center Tapestry, which was destroyed during the 9/11 terrorist attack. The last work in the group, the Tapestry of the Fundació, was created specifically for the Fundació Joan Miró museum, established in the artist’s native Barcelona in 1975 – where it still hangs to this day.
The tapestry took Miró 10 months to complete and is now in need of repair and preservation. As such, all proceeds from the evening’s festivities will benefit this aim. The Majestic Hotel is a fitting stage for the charity dinner (which is priced at €1,000 per person), as Miró was a frequent visitor to the address – and was often found in the lobby, where he spent time studying a painting by his mentor Modest Urgell. Members of Miró’s family, including his grandson Joan Punyet Miró, will host the evening’s events, and numerous epicurean highlights will be on offer courtesy of the hotel’s Michelin-starred chef Nandu Jubany. Many of the menu items will be a surprise, but a foie gras and smoked eel massini appetiser will be served alongside roasted suckling lamb millefeuillewith aromatic herbs, and lobster with roast poularde in true Catalan style.
In addition to this celebration, the hotel will offer a series of experiences in collaboration with Fundació Joan Miró that will allow for unprecedented access to the artist’s work and childhood home. Guests of the hotel will be able to enjoy after-hours trips to the museum and will be given access to a special private gallery that has traditionally been closed to visitors (€200 per person; four-person minimum). The hotel can also arrange guided day trips around the artist’s home in Mont-Roig del Camp, two and half hours from the city centre (priced at €650, including a day-long guided tour, lunch and transfers). This is a rare chance to gain insight into the artist’s life and work, while helping to preserve Miró’s legacy for the future.