• Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona

    by  • August 11, 2013 • Art, Barcelona, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Exhibitions • 0 Comments

    Asked to name a famous ‘Antoni’ associated with the city of Barcelona, chances are that Gaudí would be the first person to spring to mind, after all his iconic and thoroughly surreal architectural creations, best exemplified through the Sagrada Família, Parc Guell, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, are as synonymous with the Catalan capital as its football club. Yet Antoni Tàpies is another of the city’s sons whose artistic prowess as a painter, sculptor and art theorist led him to become one of the most famous European Surrealist artists of his generation.

    If you’re planning a Barcelona city break over the next few months, then you might like to consider stopping off at a special exhibition dedicated to the work of Tàpies taking place in the city until early November. Entitled ‘Tàpies From Within’ and conceived exclusively from the works conserved at the artist’s house and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, the exhibition actually takes place at two separate locations – the Fundació Antoni Tàpies and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) – and focuses on two different yet central themes in his career.

    MNAC proudly plays host to a fascinating retrospective of his mural paintings dating from the mid-1940s to 2011, detailing the development of his method from the use of paints in his early career to experimenting with varnish, latex and sheet metal as his style grew more versatile. At the Fundació Antoni Tàpies meanwhile, the exhibition centres on a series of works produced between 1946 and 2009 that highlight Tàpies’ use of ‘poor’ materials such as cardboard, string and thread in his early works, moving on to the incorporation of the object on the surface of the canvas, more prevalent in his artistic output from the 1960s onwards.

    The Fundació is open from Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays) from 10am to 7pm whilst MNAC is open daily from 10am with different closing times depending on the day and time of year. The same entrance ticket can be used to visit the exhibition at both museums.


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.

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