Barcelona, Catalonia | Collection, # 6 | Fundació Antoni Tàpies #europe

Antoni Tàpies, Guerra. Sèrie Història Natural (War. Natural History Series), 1950-1951 © Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona / Vegap Photograph: © Gasull Fotografia, 2013

15 November 2013 – 27 February 2014
Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona

The Fundació Antoni Tàpies presents a new selection of works by Antoni Tàpies belonging to the Collection. The show includes different creative moments of the artist from the 1940s to the present, and illustrates the development of the typologies, techniques and materials used by Tàpies. The visit starts with a selection of works from the 1940s in which various influences are evident, ranging from Symbolism and Expressionism to Surrealism. The exhibition also features a selection of drawings from the Sèrie Història natural (Natural History Series, 1950–51) – a reference to a series of Max Ernst's frottages bearing the same title, which adds a social and political dimension to the biological-magical interpretation of Ernst.

Also included are works from the 1970s with several of the themes that reoccur throughout the artist's career, such as the interest in matter, Ocre i taques blaves (Ochre and Blue Stains, 1972); Arc de terra (Earth Arch, 1978); his political commitment (seen here in Composició amb números (Composition with Numbers)), a canvas from 1976 created in memory of activist Oriol Solé i Sugranyes), and the relationship with other artistic disciplines (Taronja sobre decorat de teatre (Orange on Stage Set), 1978)), which we also find in later works, such as Dues piles de terra (Two Piles of Earth, 2001), Anular (Annular, 1981) and Urbilder (díptic) (Urbilder (diptych), 1988). The exhibition also includes a selection of collectors' books made in collaboration with artists such as Joan Brossa, José Miguel Ullán and Josep Maria Mestres Quadreny during the period 1963–2000.

The visit finishes with a screening of the documentary Antoni Tàpies (1982) by André S. Labarthe, produced by Ina (Antenne 2), in the auditorium of the Fundació.

List of works

Level 1

Tinta xinesa (India Ink), 1945
Tinta (Ink), 1945
Tinta (Ink), 1945
Mà (Hand), 1945
Parafaragamus, 1949
Personatges amb el cap girat (Personages with Head Turned), 1945
Personatges (Personages), 1946
Composició amb números (Composition with Numbers), 1976
Llinda (Lintel), 1975
Sèrie Història natural (Natural History Series), 1950-51
Taronja sobre decorat de teatre (Orange on Stage Set), 1978
Ocre i taques blaves (Ochre and Blue Stains), 1972
Novel·la (Novel), 1965
Fusta i finestres (Wood and Windows), 1976
Díptic blanc amb craquelats (White Diptych with Quarters), 1980
El pa a la barca (The Bread in the Boat), 1963
Terra d'il·lusió (Land of Illusion), 1978
Arc de terra (Earth Arch), 1978
Composició amb tinta xinesa (Composition in Indian Ink), 1979

Level -1 

Anular (Annular), 1981
Gran nus (Large Knot), 1982
Dues piles de terra (Two Piles of Earth), 2001
Cranc-cranc. A quatre mans (Cranc-cranc. Duet), 2000
Matèria i graffiti (Material and Graffiti), 1986
Negre lateral (Lateral Black), 1984
Urbilder (díptic) (Urbilder (diptych)), 1988
Carrer de Wagner (Wagner Street), 1988
Díptic amb grafismes vermells (Diptych with Red Graphic Signs), 1983
Marró i blanc amb graffiti (Brown and White with Graffiti), 1985
Terra d'ombra I (Land of Shadow I), 1998

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