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How artist Joan Miró broke down walls by painting them

Joan Miró is one of the most renowned painters of the 20th century. Now a major exhibition in Frankfurt celebrates the artist who once declared he wanted to "kill painting."

The Catalan artist Joan Miró (1893-1983) broke the conventions of his time through his painting. "Miró is to visual arts what John Cage is to music," said Max Hollein, director of the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, at a press conference.

The museum is now holding a solo exhibition called "Joan Miró. Painting Walls, Painting Worlds," which showcases 50 of his works produced over a half a century, from the 1920s to the 1970s. It demonstrates how the artist started out by reproducing reality and then departed from established traditions in his monumental works. It also focuses on an unusual perspective: the wall as a major inspiration in his painting.

The exhibition, which runs through June 12, 2016, includes works borrowed from some of the world's leading galleries, among which the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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