Antoni Tàpies

Antoni Tàpies

Antoni Tàpies' first artistic attempts begin during a long convalescence following a serious illness, after which his growing dedication to painting and drawing led him to abandon his university studies. Already in the 40s he exhibited works that distinguish him in the artistic panorama of the moment. Co-founder of Dau al Set magazine in 1948 and influenced by Miró and Klee, he became increasingly interested in iconographic and magical subjects. He gradually begins to incorporate geometric elements and studies on color that lead to an interest in the material through the use of highly structured canvases with great expressive and communicative possibilities.
With these works, Tàpies achieved international recognition by the mid-1950s. In the 1960s he began to incorporate new iconographic elements (writing, signs, anthropomorphic elements, footprints and references to the Catalan situation) and new technical methods (new surfaces, use of everyday objects and paint). Tàpies' pictorial language has continued to develop ever since, resulting in a body of creative and productive work that is admired around the world.
He has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Serpentine and Hayward Galleries, London; the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; the Kunstahaus, Zurich: the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Jeu de Paume and the Center Pompidou, Paris; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia; and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, ​​among many other prestigious institutions.
Parallel to his artistic production, Tàpies is also the author of numerous publications: La pràctica de dell'arte (1970), L'art contra estètica (1974), Memòria personal (1977), La realitat com a art (1982), Per un art modern i progressista (1985), Valor de dell'arte (1993) and L'art i els seus llocs (1999).
Antoni Tàpies created the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in 1984 with the aim of promoting the study and knowledge of contemporary art, paying particular attention to the role of art in shaping the conscience of modern man.