Four Wings at the Fundació Miró

Alexander Calder


Mercury Fountain at the Fundació Miró

Alexander Calder

Calder designed this fountain, with actual mercury, for the Spanish Pavilion at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris. It was in the entrance hall, opposite Picasso's Guernica, also designed especially for the exhibition. Like Picasso's painting, this sculpture is a political statement, protesting Franco's siege of the Almadén mercury mines during the Spanish Civil War. Today the fountain is housed behind glass.

See sculptures by Joan Miró at the Fundació Miró.

See also the architecture of the Fundació Miró designed by Josep Lluís Sert.

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