Fundation Antoni Tapies - Barcelona

The Antoni Tàpies foundation was created in 1984 by the artist of same name in order to promote the study and the knowledge of modern and contemporaneous art. Some years ago, the premices were those of the former publishing company Montaner i Simon. The building was made by the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner. The premices, built between 1881 and 1885, along with the house Vicens by Antonio Gaudi, are milestones in the architectural and urban revival of Barcelona. Located in the "Ensanche" or rather an extension of the city by Ildefonso Cerda, the house of Domenech i Simon shows a new vision of architecture, after which the building was constructed, in a determined historical and social context. The innovating feature of the structure lies in the adoption of elements from functional and at the same time industrial architecture. Domenech i Montaner used wrought iron columns and steel girders also seen in other constructions such as train stations and markets. The brick façade gives it an aspect close to mudéjar architecture.The dormer window system brings an overhead natural lighting. The system was originally thought for the work of the typographers. However, it proves to be useful for its current function that is a place exclusively dedicated to art. The building was refurbished in the 1980's to house the Antonio Tàpies foundation. The refurbishment included the placing of one of the artist's sculptures "Nuvol i Cadira" (Cloud and Chair) made of anodized aluminium and stainless steel which fills the space between the adjacent buildings. Since then, the work of art has been the symbol of the foundation. The current vocation of the foundation is to make know and understand comtemporaneous art and culture. To achieve this goal, the foundation organizes many events connected to comtemporaneous cultural events such as temporary exhibitions, conferences, cinema cycles, publications. The Tàpies foundation now houses one of the most complete collections of the catalan artist and also is an important library specialized in contemporaneous and modern art which is located in the premices of the former Montaner i Simon company warehouse. It has moreover kept its original shelves.

To see: the building, the foundation's exhibitions, the library, the foudation's collections; Close to: the modernistic buildings of the Golden Quadrat


tuesday - sunday: 10h - 20h



Address : 255, Carrer d Barcelona Spain

Phone : 34934870315

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