That Tàpies’s sculptures were not limited to three-dimensional objects designed for museums and homes. He maintained an ongoing relationship with public space that began in the 1960s with murals at the Handels-Hochschule Library (St. Gallen, Switzerland, 1962). Tàpies created smaller works while involved in public art projects, and consequently the two formats share many of the same features.
Poor materials such as wire and wire mesh often appear in his urban art, while mediums such as assemblage were used indiscriminately on both small objects and large-scale works. The Catalan artist’s ubiquitous vocabulary of signs and objects also crops up in public space; here crosses take on a personal meaning that proposes venerating everyday objects as grounds for artistic creation.
For further information on public projects, such as Núvol i cadira (1990), Rinzen (1992), or Mitjó (2010), visit the didactic area of the exhibition.
Núvol i cadira (Cloud and Chair), 1990
Anodized aluminum and stainless steel
12.7 x 24 x 6.8 m
Work created with the collaboration of Pere Casanovas
City of Barcelona Collection, Barcelona. Situated atop the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona