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Carnegie highlights Surrealist Joan Mir
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Successi Mir / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2014

The works of Spanish surrealist Joan Miró will be on display at the Carnegie Arts Center for the “Fantastic Universe” exhibit.

The exhibit opens Sept. 14 and will run through Jan. 11, 2015. A special preview show is set for Sept. 13, as part of the annual Carnegie Arts Center Gala. The gala is from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“Joan Miró’s Fantastic Universe: Prints by the Master of Surrealism” is a curated collection of 60 original lithographs and etchings that highlight the artist’s explorations of dreams and the subconscious.

Born in 1893 in Barcelona, Spain, Miró joined the surrealist movement in art after moving to Paris in 1920. Surreal creations are typically marked by the juxtaposition of seemingly irrational images. The movement sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind.

The original prints in this exhibition feature sharply drawn lines, gestural marks, and geometric shapes, accentuated with bold primary colors such as blue, red, black, and yellow. Many of the works portray the natural world filtered through a Surrealist lens, depicting abstract birds, disembodied faces, and amoebic forms.

The overarching theme of the exhibit highlights Miró’s fascination with memory, childhood, and nature.

In honor of Miró's Spanish heritage, the gala will be Spanish themed and will feature flamenco dancing, Spanish fare and live music. Tickets for the gala are $150 and are available through

Exhibit admission starting Sept. 14 is $10 general admission, $8 for students, members and seniors. Children 12 and under are admitted for free.

The Carnegie Arts Center is located at 250 N. Broadway. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information call 632-5761.