previews

  • Josep Lluís Sert

    Fundació Joan Miró
    Parc de Montjuïc s/n
    February 25–June 12

    Curated by Jaume Freixa and Josep Maria Rovira

    Will this timely retrospective of Catalan modernist Josep Lluís Sert successfully resuscitate the legacy of the neglected and underrated postwar architect, best remembered for designing a studio and foundation for Joan Miró? After all, Sert’s low-key buildings lack the robust bravura of those designed by his more celebrated European peers like Marcel Breuer and Eero Saarinen, who also settled in the US and crafted concrete-and-glass institutional buildings during the 1960s and ’70s. With drawings, photographs, models, and videos related to ten projects, this show offers an occasion to reappraise Sert’s urbane buildings—each derived from a subtle yet sophisticated retooling of the internationalist vocabulary of his mentor, Le Corbusier, and adapted to a particular region or site.