The 1972 exhibition at Liljevalchs consisted of a collection of paintings and sculptures that Miró himself had donated to his Catalan hometown of Barcelona with the intention that it would form the basis of a museum. It was the first time that this collection was shown outside Spain and it was the largest single exhibition with the artist in Scandinavia. Joan Miró was very politically engaged and was part of a secret cultural resistance group against the Franco regime in Spain. The music Miró chose to play during the exhibition at Liljevalchs was also a political standpoint. The Spanish singer Raimon, who in the 1960s had attracted a lot of attention by singing in the forbidden language Catalan, sang during the screening Catalan medieval poems as well as poems by Salvador Espriu.

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