OLD SOCKS BY ANTONI TAPIES
These days we are studying Antoni Tàpies, his life and his museum. In class we talked about his art and his foundation. The “Fundació Antoni Tàpies “ is a cultural center and museum located in carrer d’ Aragó in Barcelona dedicated to the life and work of the painter Antoni Tàpies. The Fundació opened its doors in June 1990 in the building of the former Editorial Montaner i Simon publishing house, the work of the Modernist architect Lluís Doménech i Montaner .The building was constructed between 1880 and 1885, at an early stage of the evolution of Catalan modernism, the building was the first in the Eixample district to integrate industrial typology and technology, combining exposed brick and iron, into the fabric of the city centre.
The headquarters of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies was declared a historical monument in 1997. From 2008 to 2010, the firm of architects Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos carried out a second rehabilitation of the building in order to comply with the new safety and evacuation regulations and to recuperate its original industrial character. On this occasion, Antoni Tàpies’ work Mitjó (Sock. Maquette, 1991) was installed on the terrace of the Fundació, situated on top of the new offices.
The collection of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies consists mostly of the works donated by Antoni and Teresa Tàpies.
Students have been discussing artworks, comparing with other painters and looking for building information.