Artist Projects

Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Antoni Tàpies

Published Friday, Sep 15, 2023

This year, Pace celebrates 100 years since the birth of Antoni Tàpies, the Catalan artist who refined a visual language inspired by a wide range of sources that coalesce into a complex fusion of materials, gestures, and symbols.

On September 15, 2023 (opens in a new window) Antoni Tàpies. The Practice of Art opened at Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels as the first major exhibition in Belgium to showcase a complete view of the work of the artist. The presentation is the most important Tàpies retrospective in almost 20 years.

Now in its second leg at the Museuo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Antoni Tàpies. The Practice of Art continues through June 24, 2024.

Organized in collaboration with the Fundació Antoni Tàpies and curated by Manuel Borja-Villel, director of the Reina Sofía, this exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of Tàpies' work, comprising more than 120 paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

After his self-portraits and works influenced by Surrealism and Dadaism, the exhibition displays Tàpies' first “matterist” paintings, produced in the 1950s, which incorporate raw materials, marks and signs. Beyond the artist’s experimentation with form and material, which continued throughout his career, this retrospective reveals the mystical, philosophical and political dimensions of the Tàpies universe.

Discover the life and works of Antoni Tàpies through our (opens in a new window) written journal and film interviews.

For more information on events and exhibitions celebrating the centenary of this notable artist, visit (opens in a new window) fundaciotapies.org.


About the Artist

Antoni Tàpies is recognized as one of the leading artistic voices to emerge from postwar Europe. Working in parallel with global art movements including Abstract Expressionism, Gutai, Art Informel, Tachisme, and Arte Povera, Tàpies believed that his era required a new kind of existential expression. Tàpies’s oeuvre resides between figuration and abstraction, matter and mysticism, as manifested through his painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, and printmaking.

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