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07/10/2022 - 09/12/2022

Mid C20th-Early C21st - Painting


Antoni Tàpies (1923-2012) - Alchemy

Mon-Fri: 10-6pm

Antoni Tàpies (1923-2012) was a self-taught painter, sculptor, and philosopher, who became one of the most famous European artists of his generation. His renowned unique visual language comprises a complex lexicon of symbols and materials.

Spanning the final five decades of the artist’s oeuvre, antoni tàpies: alchemy presents a rare glimpse into Tàpies' surreal mind and the untold mysteries of the artist’s career with 16 large-scale paintings, created between 1952 and 2009. From his early exposure to Surrealism, to his fascination in Zen Buddhism, Tàpies’ late works underwent a pivotal period of focus upon symbolism, materiality and meditation, where art became a ritualistic practice.

During the last decades of his life, Tàpies fully embraced his ultimate strive - the transformation of the substance, from familiar into unfamiliar, profound to transient. By playing with formlessness and the incorporation of countless fractures, stains, incisions, stabs and gauges, Tàpies invites the audience to partake in a mystical language.


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