Antoni Tàpies

1923 Born in Barcelona, Spain.
1940 After an accident, which caused a mental crisis he begins to draw and paint in private study.
1946 Drops out of law school and resumes his painting studies. Turns to abstraction and in phases to surrealism.
1948 Co-founder of the artist group „Dau Al Set” and editor of the art magazine of the same name. Numerous national and international exhibitions follow participation in „the Salón de Octubre “in Barcelona.
1950 One year’s scholarship in Paris where, he meets Jean Dubuffet and other representatives of the Art Brut.
1952 Representative of Spain at the Biennale in Venice.
Seit 1959 Repeated participation at the documenta in Kassel.
1984 Establishment of the foundation „Fundació Antoni Tàpies “in Barcelona.
1988 Receives the honorary doctorate of the University of Barcelona.

Central in the work of Antoni Tàpies is the interaction with textures and materials. Yet he refuses a formal analysis of the aesthetic possibilities of the material. Instead he concentrates on the search for its magic characteristics and its conversion potential.
Through surrealism 1954 Tàpies finds his personal style. For himself he rejects the term of abstraction because he does not accept any restriction for his art. However this does not mean a return to figurative painting. He justifies the absence of primary colours in his painting with the super saturation felt by him
through colours by environment and advertisement. He developed a downright allergy against them. Furthermore the colours, which he had found and uses in his work, express the mystic best and went deeper.