Organised by Fundaciķ Antoni Tāpies and Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Curator: Vicent Todolí
Jointly organised by the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and the Fundaciķ Antoni Tāpies and curated by Vicent Todolí, Tāpies. From the Inside will present about 100 works from the artist's studio and from the Fundaciķ Antoni Tāpies collection. This large retrospective exhibition will take us from the first paintings in the 1940s, under the influence of various avant-garde trends and his participation in the Dau al Set group, to the ones he did shortly before his death in 2011.
Thanks to the collaboration of the Tāpies family, this exhibition will allow an in-depth understanding of the legacy of the painter's studio and unearth works that had remained virtually unseen or, in some cases, even unknown.
From the earliest works, Tāpies embarked on an aesthetic research which involved experimenting with materials and forms, leading in the 1950s to the 'matter' paintings that earned him his international reputation. During that period, he placed his hopes in an art that made an impact on the public, that shook people up. From that moment on, for the rest of his life, Tāpies continued experimenting tirelessly, even obsessively, developing his iconography, his vocabulary made up of varied signs and materials, colours and recognisable objects.
The exhibition is being presented in Barcelona at two sites, the Fundaciķ Antoni Tāpies and the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. It will then go on show at different international museums.