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Opening February 13th 2014, Seattle Art Museum’s exhibit, Miró: The Experience of Seeing, features over 50 paintings, drawings and sculptures made in the period between 1963 and 1983. Drawn entirely from the collection of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, this is the largest Joan Miró collection to ever be exhibited on the west coast. (Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

'Miró: The Experience of Seeing' comes to the Seattle Art Museum

Starting Thursday, late career paintings and sculptures by Joan Miró will be on display at the Seattle Art Museum. Lasting through May 2014, SAM is the only west coast venue for the exhibition of the late Spanish artist.

The exhibition draws on some 50 paintings and sculptures from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia's collection in Madrid. Miró had a six-decade long career, venturing later in his life into a more playful and inventive style than that of his earlier work. This exhibition gives a glimpse into the stylings of a more seasoned and definitive artist who was decades into his artistic journey.

The selection of pieces from SAM's exhibit shows dual sides of the artist: one collection of paintings is the 1970s embodied, with large canvasses and splashes of bright primary colors outlined with bold stark borders. But in an adjoining room a much more simple and minimalist artistry is shown; white portraits completely void of color save for solitary descending black lines in the center.

Miró: The Experience of Seeing will be open for viewing starting this Thursday, and keep residency at SAM through May 26, 2014 when it will move to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Seattle Art Museum's restaurant Taste will also be celebrating Miro's stay with new menu items to compliment the exhibition.