Collection: Antoni Tàpies

Antoni Tàpies i Puig, I Marquis of Tápies1​ (Barcelona, ​​December 13, 1923 - ibidem, February 6, 2012),2​ was a Spanish painter, sculptor and art theorist. One of the main exponents of informalism worldwide, he is considered one of the most prominent Spanish artists of the 20th century. The work of the Catalan artist enjoys a study and conservation center at the Antoni Tàpies Foundation in Barcelona.

Self-taught, Tàpies created his own style within the avant-garde art of the 20th century, in which tradition and innovation were combined within an abstract style, but full of symbolism, giving great relevance to the material substrate of the work. It is worth highlighting the marked spiritual sense given by the artist to his work, where the material support transcends its state to signify a profound analysis of the human condition.

In 1948 he was one of the founders of the magazine and movement known as Dau al Set, related to surrealism and Dadaism. The leader of this movement was the poet Joan Brossa and, along with Tàpies, there were Modest Cuixart, Joan-Josep Tharrats, Joan Ponç, Arnau Puig and later Juan Eduardo Cirlot. The magazine lasted until 1956,3 but Tàpies had gone to Paris in 1950 and had distanced himself from the group although he continued to collaborate sporadically in the publication.