Barcelona

Barcelona

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Fundació Joan Miró
Parc de Montjuïc s/n
February 26–April 18, 1999

Crank, seer, publicist, poet, Ian Hamilton Finlay (b. 1925) is that quintessential British eccentric who cultivates with fierce self-protection his famous Scottish garden, Little Sparta, which pilgrims speak of as his greatest work. Finlay is Neoclassicist and neo-Romantic, didactic and liberal, an insider and an outsider, the master of the politico-poetic sound bite incised in stone (by hired craftsmen; the patrician poet doesn’t lift a chisel). This substantial show, organized by the Miró Foundation’s director, Rosa Maria Malet, and Finlay himself, includes recent and older work as well as a new piece commissioned specially for this exhibition.