Fundació Antoni Tàpies

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The Fundació Antoni Tàpies, in a Montaner Modernisme building with a Tàpies sculpture on top. (Photo by Peter Blumer)

A contemporary art gallery in a Modernisme space in Barcelona

A replica of the Torre de Utebo from Zaragoza in Barcelona's Poble Espanyol.
A show at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies. (Photo by Joan Grífols)
The grand Barcelona painter and artist Antoni Tàpies i Puig, Marquess of Tàpies (1923–2012) created this foundation in 1984 to serve as a space for contemporary art exhibitons and lectures—and to preserve his own artistic legacy, housing more than 2,000 of his works. It opened in 1990.

He installed this collection in the former Montaner i Simón publishing house, an early Modernisme classic built in 1880–85 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner—adding (a bit controversially) a bird-nest of swirling metal filaments to the top of the facade as if it were being overshadowed by a cloud of barbed wire with a chair perched on top.

Art. What are you gonna do.

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Fundació Antoni Tàpies details


Carrer de Aragó 255 (just off Passeig de Gracia)
[ Eixample ]

Tel. +34-934-870-315


Tues-Sun 10am–7pm


With Barcelona Card: Free
With Barcelona Museum Pass: Free


Metro: Passeig de Gràcia (L3, L4)
Bus: 7, 16, 17, 20, 22, 24, 28, 39, 43, 44, 45, 47, 63, 67, 68, and 544
Hop-on/Hop-off route: East, West, South (red), North (blue)

How long does the Fundació Antoni Tàpies take?

Planning your day: Don't get me wonrg, Tapies was a fine artist and important figure in 20th century Spanish painting, but really you don't have to visit.

Swing by to see the building, by all means, but only go inside (for maybe 20 minutes) if you have a museum pass (and it is therefore free) or are truly keen on modern art.

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in September 2013.
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