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Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Opening times

Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Closed: Mon, public holidays, Jan 1st and 6th, Dec 25th

Admission until 15 minutes before closing.


C/ Aragó 255, 08007 Barcelona

Tel. 93 487 03 15 Fax 93 487 00 09

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The Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Antoni Tàpies Foundation) was created in 1984 by the Catalan artist, Antoni Tàpies, to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art. The Foundation opened its doors in June 1990 in the building of the former Montaner i Simon publishing house, originally designed by the Modernista architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The Foundation owns one of the most complete collections of Tàpies’ artwork, largely made up of donations by Antoni and Teresa Tàpies, and combines temporary exhibitions, symposia, lectures and film seasons with a range of publications that complement the activities and periodic shows of Tàpies’ work.


The Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Antoni Tàpies Foundation) offers a changing programme of works from its own collection and temporary loan exhibitions. The collection demonstrates the evolution of Tàpies’ work from the 1940s to the present decade, including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and illustrated books.

In addition to the permanent displays devoted to the Catalan artist, the museum realises a continuous programme of temporary exhibitions featuring contemporary artists.


Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012) met Teresa Barba (1934–) at the end of the 1940s, when she was still a young girl. A few years earlier, she had lost her mother and had to take care of her five siblings, while looking after her father. This gave her a maturity and humanity uncommon for her age.

The presentation of the series of drawings entitled Sèrie Teresa (Teresa’s Series, 1966), together with the series of lithographs, litho-collages and collages Cartes per a la Teresa (Letters to Teresa, 1974), pays tribute to their relationship by celebrating a private language accessible only to those who spoke it. The two sets of works display a repertoire of signs without translation for the viewer: a series of gestures that preserves the couple’s intimacy despite explicit allusions to domesticity and a shared sexuality.

Until October 28, 2018.



With more than fifty major works, this exhibition aims to show how it was possible to be modern under a fascist regime that systematically repressed any attempt to exercise the freedom associated with critical modernity. The selected works suggest a discontinuous journey marked by censorship and political activity. Mostly in Catalonia where, between 1966 and 1977, there was an intense process of mobilisation against the Franco regime.

All this makes Tàpies’ work the site where the viewer becomes a citizen, willing to turn aesthetic interests into political motives. Yet, seen today, against the current political conditions facing Catalonia, many of those paintings provoke a feeling that history is repeating itself. These are works that aspire to retain their relevancy in relation to the viewer’s present moment.

Until February 24, 2019.



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