Antoni Tàpies Biography

Antoni Tapies was born in 1923 in Barcelona. He is perhaps the best-known Spanish artist to emerge in the period since the Second World War.

In 1950 he held his first solo exhibition, at Galeries Laietanes, Barcelona. In the early 50s he lived in Paris, to where he has often returned.

His early works were influenced by Klee and Miro and were Surrealist. He returned to abstraction in 1953, and began working in mixed media; this is considered his most original contribution to art. One of the first to create serious art in this way, he added clay and marble dust to his paint and used waist paper, string, and rags (Grey and Green Painting, Tate Gallery, London, 1957).

His international reputation was well established by the end of the 50s; From about 1970 (influenced by Pop art) he began incorporating more substantial objects into his paintings, such as parts of furniture. Tapies's ideas have had worldwide influence on art, especially in the realms paintings, sculpture, etchings and lithography. Examples of his work are found in numerous major international collections.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Antoni Tapies ?Recent work?

Galeria Toni Tapies - Antoni Llena ?Preposicions?

Galeria Toni Tapies - Antoni Llena ?Fantasmes publics i privats?

Galeria Toni Tapies - Antoni Llena 'Velletque Videre'

Galeria Toni Tapies - Antoni Tapies ?Recent work? Galeria Toni Tapies - Antoni Llena ?Sense penediment?

Galeria Toni Tapies - Plural 2005

Galeria Rayuela - Sideways of the German Avantgarde, Classics of the XXth Century and Light, Space and Gesture Dec 5, 2005

Ketterer Kunst - Group Show Summer 2004


Selected Museums and Collections

  • Guggenheim Berlin
  • Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Kuntmuseum Basel
  • MUMOK - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
  • Tate Gallery
  • Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid

Art as Investment

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