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Frankfurt (dpa) - A major exhibition of Catalan painter Joan Miro spanning over half a century of his works opens in Frankfurt on Friday.

The exhibition showcases 50 of the Barcelona-born artist's paintings and demonstrates his departure from the traditional rules of painting, organizers of the display at Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle said Thursday.

"It's an exhibition with surprises that gives an unusual view of Miro", said Schirn director Max Hollein. "Miro fans will discover works of art that they had not expected," he said.

The exhibition draws on works housed in the world's leading galleries and includes some of Miro's earlier and later works: The Farm (1921), the monumental triptych Blue I-III (1961) and the Paintings I-III (1973).