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Biography

1959-1962

1959
Travels to New York for another solo exhibition at the Martha Jackson Gallery; meets the painters Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Hans Hoffman, Saul Steinberg and Fritz Bultmann. Michel Tapié publishes the monograph Antoni Tàpies. Solo exhibitions in Munich and Paris. He is selected for the II Documenta in Kassel and takes part in the collective exhibitions 4 Maler. Tàpies, Alechinsky, Messagier, Moser (Kunsthalle, Berne) and 15 Maler in Paris (Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne).

1960
Juan Eduardo Cirlot publishes the monograph Tàpies, and the magazine Papeles de Son Armadans (Palma de Mallorca), edited by Camilo José Cela, devotes a special issue to him, with contributions from Giulio Carlo Argan, Umbro Apollonio, Jacques Dupin, Pierre Restany and Herbert Read, among others. In New Forms-New Media (Martha Jackson Gallery, New York), his works are hung alongside those of Arp, Burri, Calder, Chamberlain, Cornell, Jim Dine, Dubuffet, Dan Flavin, Jasper Johns, Kaprow, Yves Klein, Nevelson, Oldenburg and Rauschenberg. Takes part in the collective exhibitions New Spanish Painting and Sculpture (The Museum of Modern Art, New York), Before Picasso, after Miró (The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York) and Neue Malerei. Form, Struktur, Bedeutung (Städtische Galerie, Munich). At the Tokyo Biennial he receives the Prize of the Japanese Foreign Ministry. Solo exhibitions in Barcelona, New York, Milan, Bilbao and Stockholm. His son Miquel is born.

1961
Travels to New York for his latest exhibition at the Martha Jackson Gallery, coinciding with the publication of Tàpies. A Catalog of Paintings in America, with text by James J. Sweeney; together with Tapié, he visits the composer Edgar Varèse, whose work he has long admired. In the course of the year, various galleries in Europe and America hold exhibitions of his work (in Washington DC, Essen, Munich, Paris, Buenos Aires and Stockholm). He takes part in the collective exhibitions Arte e contemplazione (Palazzo Grassi, Venice) and Paris, carrefour de la peinture 1945-1961 (Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven).

1962
First retrospective exhibitions devoted to his work: at the Kestner-Gesellschaft in Hannover, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and at the Kunsthaus in Zurich, organised by Werner Schmalenbach, Thomas Messer and Eduard Hüttinger, respectively. He attends the Congress for Peace in Moscow chaired by Bertrand Russell. Spends the summer months in Sankt Gall in Switzerland, where he paints a large mural for the town’s new Hochschule St. Gallen für Wirtschafts und Sozialwissenschaften Schifferstoff. J.E. Cirlot publishes Significación de la pintura de Tàpies. Solo exhibitions in Rome, Stockholm and Caracas.

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Antoni Tàpies working on a mural painting. Sankt Gall, 1962