This year the Fundació Antoni Tàpies is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The institution’s headquarters were inaugurated on 5 June 1990 and, since then, it has built a programme of exhibitions and activities with a twofold approach: on the one hand, the study and dissemination of the work of Antoni Tàpies and, on the other, modern and contemporary art projects that offer a reflection on the arts as a way of accessing knowledge.
Since the inauguration the Fundació has presented the many aspects of Tàpies’ work: from the large matter works (Communication on the Wall) to the varnishes (In Praise of Honey) through drawing, collage and grattage (The Tattoo and the Body), posters (Tàpies’ Posters and the Public Sphere), artist books (Material Writing. Books), the most political works (Political Biography), his relationship with the performing arts (Antoni Tàpies. Theatre) or the most recent exhibition dedicated to engravings (The Acid is my Knife). In addition, the regular presentations of the Collection have highlighted the richness of materials and supports with which he worked (Antoni Tàpies. Objects and Profound Certainty, among others).
Together with the large exhibitions dedicated to Antoni Tàpies, the Fundació also presented the first major retrospective in Europe of Louise Bourgeois (1990), relatively unknown at the time, as well as exhibitions by internationally renowned artists such as Jannis Kounelis (1991), Mario Merz (1993), Franz Kline (1994), Sol LeWitt (1994), Francis Picabia (1995), Robert Motherwell (1997), Marcel Broodthaers (1997), Dan Graham (1998), Andy Warhol (2000), Asger Jorn (2002), Eva Hesse (2010) and Allan Kaprow (2014).
Over these 30 years, the Fundació has introduced many artists, some of them showing in Barcelona for the first time, such as Hélio Oiticica (1992), Hans Haacke (1995), Paul Thek (1996), Lygia Clark (1997), Ana Mendieta (1997), Art & Language (1999), James Coleman (1999), Victor Burgin (2001), Isidoro Valcárcel Medina (2002), Ana Maria Maiolino (2011), Hans-Peter Feldmann (2001), Sanja Iveković (2008) and Maria Lassnig (2015). Photography has also featured regularly, with exhibitions by Garry Winogrand (1991), Brassaï (1993), Craigie Horsfield (1996), Laszló Moholy-Nagy (1997) and more recently Allan Sekula (2017) and Susan Meiselas (2018).
The group exhibitions presented at the Fundació have reflected on various topics that remain current, such as Africa Explores (1993), which presented a complete and representative overview of twentieth-century African art; The First Generation: Women and Video, 1970–1975 (1994), a history of the origins and evolution of video as art highlighting the significant role of women in its creation and definition; In the Spirit of Fluxus (1994), which focused on this radical experimental movement of the 1960s that decisively influenced the evolution of such fundamental artistic manifestations as the art of performance, Minimalism, video and Conceptual art; and The End(s) of the Museum (1995), a collective questioning of the meaning and achievements of the museum in the Western world, as well as the process of transformation that affects it. There have also been lectures and film cycles, such as Calculated Cinema (1999), which focused on the pioneering explorations of computers and electronics in the fields of experimental cinema; Shoot Shoot Shoot (2002), on the first decade of the London Film-Makers’ Cooperative and avant-garde UK cinema from 1966–76; and For and Against Cinema, a series of screenings and lectures around May ’68, with works by Guy Debord, Jean-Luc Godard and William Klein (2008), among others.
Finally, we should also mention the exhibitions dedicated to young or mid-career artists, such as Jana Sterback (1995), Renée Green (2000), Matt Mullican (2000), Eulàlia Valldosera (2001), Steve McQueen (2003), Fernando Bryce (2005), Ibon Aranberri (2011), Kerry James Marshall (2014), Oriol Vilanova (2017), Allora & Calzadilla (2018) and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (2018), as well as those dedicated to dance, including Merce Cunningham (1999), and to film and video art, such as the presentations of Chris Marker (1998), Harun Farocki (2016) and Albert Serra (2019).
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If you turn 30 in 2020, we invite you to visit the Foundation as many times as you want until June 5, 2021.