28.04.2023 – 15.07.2023
Celebrating Antoni Tàpies’s 100th birthday in 2023, Galerie Thomas is pleased to present a selection of works from all of his creative periods, thereby offering a profound insight into his oeuvre.
Antoni Tàpies is one of the most important painters of the Informel. At the same time he represented a highly independent position in terms of both form and content. Colours and shapes as images of the visible world meant nothing to him, and the contrast between representational and abstract painting also seemed irrelevant to him. Instead, he understood his art as the direct expression of physical and metaphysical reality that cannot be grasped in any other way. Thus, Antoni Tàpies can be seen as the ‘perfector’ of a philosophical painting tradition of the 20th century avant-garde.
“Painting is a return to the origins.” Antoni Tàpies
White Writings, 1977
Öl, Pastellkreide, Graphit und Stoffcollage auf Leinwand, 130 x 97,4 cm
Courtesy: Galerie Thomas, München I © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2023