Antoni Tàpies was a catalan painter, sculptor and art theorist who became one of the most famous European artists of his generation.
The Fundació was created in 1984 by the artist Antoni Tàpies to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art. It combines the organisation of temporary exhibitions, symposia, lectures and film seasons with a range of publications to go with the activities and periodic shows of Tàpies’ work.
He took of the avant-garde group Dau al Set in 1948, an art and movement strong tied to surrealism. His earlier works were surrealistic but, in 1953, he began working in abract art. The Antoni Tàpides foundation opened its doors in June 1999 in a beautiful building of a publishing house. The building is from one of our favourite modernist catalan architects: Lluis Domènech i Muntaner. Constructed between 1880 and 1885, at an early stage of the evolution of Catalan Modernisme style, the building was the first in the Eixample district to integrate industrial typology, combining exposed brick and iron.
The design of the interior deserves to be seen, in the words of the artist himself, space produces a sensation of spiritual order. Finally, do not forget to go up to the terrace to discover one of his most important and controversial works of the exhibition entitled, “el mitjó” (the sock)!
exhibition and tickets information here!