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National Gallery to offer a sneak peek of Joan Miro

Next May the National Gallery of Art will host a major retrospective of modern master Joan Miro. As a taste of what’s ahead for visitors, the gallery is mounting a colorful triptych by the artist in September.

Joan Miró-The Farm, 1921-1922 (National Gallery of Art)

The gallery is the only U.S. venue for “Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape,” which opens May 6, 2012 and features 150 works. The gallery has collected Miro’s work, including a well-known realistic painting “The Farm,” a gift of Mary Hemingway, Ernest’s 4th wife. The show is its first exhibition of the Catalan artist.

Beginning in September, the gallery will mount several major shows. “Warhol: Headlines,” a look through 80 works of Andy Warhol’s use of the news media and tabloid fodder, opens September 25. “The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries,” four giant tapestries depicting events of the 1400s, arrives September 18. Also a celebration of the centennial of photographer Harry Callahan is slated for September.

There’s the first exhibition of Renaissance sculptor and goldsmith Antico, due November 6, and a show of Mel Bochner paintings and drawings, also due to open November 6. Also booked are 55 drawings by Picasso, scheduled to open Jan. 29.

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