Antoni Tàpies Foundation

Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Artist, sculptor and illustrator Antoni Tàpies (1923-2012) is sometimes referred to as the last great Catalonian artist, a link between such titans as Salvador Dali, Joan Miró and modern art. It took Tàpies quite a while to realize himself as an artist, as he first entered a law faculty in the Barcelona university. Being completely plunged into art, he came under the influence of many art forms – from surrealism to abstract expressionism and even pop art. Rejecting a traditional approach to artwork creation, he did not only use paints and paper, but also different other materials, such as ropes and wood. Owing to this technique, his works acquire volume and outreach the limits of plain, thus limited, space of a picture. Antoni Tàpies’ rendition of modern art can sometimes be hard to understand at first, but it makes one think, transmitting the artist’s attitude to the world and its problems.

The foundation was established by Tàpies himself in 1984 not so much for preserving his heritage, but for studying modern art in general. In 1990 the foundation got its own building in the center of Barcelona, which housed the biggest collection of artworks by Antoni Tàpies, whose masterpieces are also kept in a number of world-famous museums.

The building is especially noteworthy for its unusual façade, which combines modern style with a metal nest on its roof, being a famous work by Tàpies himself, called "Cloud and chair". The architect of the house was Domènech i Montaner, who built it in 1885 for "Montaner I Simon" publishing house. It is believed that it was in this building where they first combined progressive for that period brick and iron.

Located in these light, reconstructed for exposition, halls of a former publishing house, Tàpies Foundation as if took up this initiative and keeps on developing it, being not only a museum, but also a multifunctional complex, which houses a library and an arts school; it is also a venue for various conferences, film screenings and lectures. The foundation is not limited to showing Tàpies’ works only, which change every year, but it also invited other artists from different countries.

Address: Carrer d'Aragó, 255
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10 am - 7 pm, Mon closed; closed on December 25, January 1 and 6; included into the list of six museums in the city, which can be visited with one ticket without waiting in line – Barcelona Museum Pass.
How to reach: metro Passeig de Gràcia
Coordinates: 41.391628, 2.163737