In celebration of the Fundació’s 30th anniversary, this exhibition focuses on the period when Antoni Tàpies was in his thirties: the decade between 1953 and 1963. It was during those years that Tàpies’ art reached maturity with the creation of the so-called matter paintings.

These works were characterized by their dense textures and a restricted range of colors, predominantly grey, ochre and earthy tones. It was with these paintings that Tàpies assumed a prominent place in Spanish and international avant-garde circles.

This exhibition will feature a series of works by Tàpies from the Fundació and the artist’s family, together with loans from museums and private collections. The selection pays particular attention to those works that have not been exhibited for some time, or which are largely unknown to the general public because they come from private collections. In addition, the exhibition will be accompanied by documentation to contextualize the evolution of Tàpies’ work during a period that established the foundations of a cultural critique allied to the political movement opposed to the Franco regime, and which would fully emerge during the second half of the 1960s.