The Museum of Fundació Antoni Tàpies Foundation is located in the old publishing house Simon i Montaner in the district of Eixample.
The Fundació Antoni Tapies was founded in 1984 by the artist Tàpies himelf, to make room for the modern and classical art.
The publishing house Montaner i Simon is a house with an important history and what is one of the most important in Catalonia for 120 years. The publishing house was founded in 1861 by Ramon Montaner and Francesc Simon and became one of the most renowned publishers of art catalogs and high-quality publications and journals. Some of the monumental catalogs, such as The multi-volume "Historia general del Arte", edited by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, is now one of the most important works of art history. The publisher of his most modern technology worldwide.
The publisher works at various locations in the city. In 1879 Ramon Montaner commissioned his nephew Lluís Domenech i Montaner, who later became the founder and one of the most important representatives of the Modernisme, to plan a building in order to combine the publishing work in one location. There was a long disagreement about the exact date of completion. The recent investigations of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies revealed 1881 or 1882 as the end of construction.
The house was - like many of the early Eixample - built with three storeys. Cast-iron support elements with red bricks were installed as flexible design material. This made it possible to create large areas necessary for the powerful printing presses installed in the basement. To close the room, chromatic windows were used on the façade side and for the library. That way much daylight came into the building. Despite the use of industrial materials, the house has a similarity with a palace: in the middle a large atrium, at the facade a series of symbols that emphasized the industrial modernity of the publishing house.
The design principle of the publishing house was adopted by the first building of the Modernisme, the Castell dels tres Dragons in the Parc de la Ciutadella.
In 1981, the publisher filed for bankruptcy and many of his works were lost as a result.
In 1990 then the museum moved in the 1885 building. The building was designed by one of the most important architects of Modernism Lluis Domènech i Montaner for the publishing house Editorial i Muntaner Simón. The red brick house is far from easy to see. It is a sculpture of Tàpies which crownes the house, the chair and Cloud "(Nuvil i Cadira). From afar it looks a little like a barbed wire mesh.
Since the death of Miró, Antoni Tàpies was the most important artists of Barcelona, also known far beyond the borders of Spain.
The Museum of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies devoted to the works of Catalan artist Antoni Tapies, who was born in 1923. The exhibition opened in 1990 and is considered the leading exhibition of the works of Tàpies.
The Fundació Antoni Tàpies has the most complete collection of works by the Catalan artist. In addition to his works the Fundació Antoni Tapies dedicated to changing exhibitions in various other artists.
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