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Antoni Tąpies’ public works

For Antoni Tąpies, art is a road to knowledge and a way of transforming people’s consciences. This social role of art is always present in a coherent manner not only in his visual, but also in his literary works.
Antoni Tąpies’ commitment to the public sphere acquires an even greater significance in the works described below.

All of these works have in common the fact that they are installed in public spaces, although not all of them were specifically conceived for those spaces. Nevertheless, the way the work interacts with the community, and its collective commitment lends those spaces their public character, whether they are urban spaces or institutions where public life and social events take place.

All of these works have free access, although, in some cases, it is necessary to consult the opening hours of the institutions that house them.

The Fundació organises guided tours of Antoni Tąpies’ public works in the city of Barcelona. The aim is to encourage reflection on the concept of urban spaces and public art works.


BARCELONA AND ITS METROPOLITAN AREA

7 de novembre, 1971
November 7
Mixed media on canvas
234 x 150 cm
Parliament of Catalonia Collection, Barcelona
Situated in the roundabout linking the Pasos Perdidos halls, Parliament of Catalonia, Barcelona
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7 de novembre, 1971 © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © photograph: Martķ Gasull



Monument Homenatge a Picasso, 1983
Monument Homage to Piccaso
Object-assemblage inside a glass cube
4 x 4 x 4 m
City Council of Barcelona Collection, Barcelona
Situated in the Passeig Picasso, Barcelona
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Monument Homenatge a Picasso, 1983 © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © photograph: Fundació Antoni Tąpies



11 de setembre, 1983
11th September
Tiles and marble mosaic
22,60 x 20,75 m
Work produced in collaboration with J. Gardy Artigas
City Council of Sant Boi de Llobregat Collection, Barcelona
Situated in the Plaēa Catalunya, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona
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11 de setembre, 1983 © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © photograph: Fundació Antoni Tąpies



Nśvol i cadira, 1990
Cloud and Chair
Anodised aluminium and stainless steel
12,7 x 24 x 6,8 m
Created with the technical cooperation of Pere Casanovas
City Council of Barcelona Collection, Barcelona
Situated on the faēade of the Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona
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Nśvol i cadira, 1990 © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © photograph: Raimon Ramis



Las cuatro crónicas, 1990
The Four Chronicles
Mixed media on wood
251 x 600 cm
Generalitat de Catalunya Collection, Barcelona
Situated in the Sala Tarradellas (Government Hall), Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona
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Les quatre crņniques, 1990 © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © photograph: Jordi Bedmar (Image courtesy of the Generalitat de Catalunya)



Rinzen, 1992-1993
Installation
Bed: 205 x 400 x 90 cm, bed frames: 6 x 200 x 57 cm, chairs: 98 x 41 x 12 cm each, painting: 400 x 400 cm
First version: presented at the 45th Venice Biennale’s Spanish Pavilion (awarded the Golden Lion). Second version: in 1998, the work is permanently installed at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).
MACBA. Fundació Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona Collection. Donated by REPSOL YPF
Situated in the Museu d’Art Contemporani (MACBA), Barcelona
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Rinzen, 1992-1993 (fragment) © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP. (Imatge cedida pel Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona [MACBA])



Sala de reflexió, 1996
Meditation Room
Installation
10 x 5 x 10 m
Work produced in collaboration with the architects Jordi Garcés and Enric Sņria
Universitat Pompeu Fabra Collection, Barcelona
Situated in the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
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Sala de reflexió, 1996 © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © photograph: Frederic Camallonga. (Image courtesy of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra)



Complement, 1999
Complement
Mixed media and assemblage on wood
250 x 600 cm
City Council of Barcelona Collection, Barcelona
Situated in the Forum building, Barcelona
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Complement, 1999 © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © photograph: Martķ Gasull


OTHER PLACES IN CATALONIA

Composició, 1996
Composition
Painted bronze
213,5 x 210,5 x 22,5 cm
Single
Work cast in bronze at the Barberķ Foundry, Riudellots de la Selva
Caixa de Girona Collection, Girona
Situated in Carrer de la Creu, 31, Girona
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Composició, 1996 © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © photograph: Martķ Gasull



Gran campana, 1996
Large Bell
Painted bronze
180,5 x 226 x 129,5 cm
3 copies Edition
Work cast in bronze at the Barberķ Foundry, Riudellots de la Selva
City Council of Sabadell Collection, Sabadell, Barcelona
Situated in the patio of the Museu d’Art de Sabadell, Carrer del Doctor Puig, 16, Sabadell
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Gran campana, 1996 © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © photograph: Toni Peńarroya. (Image courtesy of the Ajuntament de Sabadell)




ABROAD

Mural sud, 1962
South Mural
Mixed media on wood
3,08 x 16,33 m
Library of the Handels-Hochschule Collection, St. Gallen
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Mural sud, 1962 (fragment). © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © photograph: unknown



West Mural, 1962
Mural oeste
Mixed media on wood
3,08 x 16,36 m
Library of the Handels-Hochschule Collection, St. Gallen
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Mural, 1962 (fragment). © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © photograph: Pius Rast



Ventalles I, Ventalles II i Ventalles III, 1968
Fans I, Fans II and Fans III
Indian ink on folded and sewn sheets
Windows: 280 x 318 x 318 cm
Work produced in collaboration with the architect Mirco Ravanne
Capucins Convent, Sion, Switzerland
Situated in the Capucins Convent, Sion, Switzerland
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Ventalles I, Ventalles II and Ventalles III, 1968 © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © de la fotografķa: Jean Mohr



Gran esquinēall, 1970
Large Tatter
Acrylic paint and assemblage on wood
250 x 750 cm
Theatre St. Gallen Collection, Switzerland
Situated in the foyer of the theatre, St Gallen, Switzerland
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Gran esquinēall, 1970 © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © photograph: Pius Rast



Dķptic mural I i Dķptic mural II, 1990
Mural Diptych I and Mural Diptych II
Enamel on lava
300 x 400 and 300 x 450 cm
Musée d’art moderne, Céret Collection, Ceret
Situated at the entrance to the Musée d’art moderne, Céret
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Dķptic mural I and Dķptic mural II, 1990 © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © photograph: Studio Pyrénées

Sala de reflexió, 1996 © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona/VEGAP © de la fotografķa: Frederic Camallonga. (Imagen cedida por la Universitat Pompeu Fabra)