99 Mount Gallery is once again very pleased to present a collection of etchings by the highly acclaimed Catalan artist Antoni Tapies (1923 – 2012).
Tapies is not only known as a painter but also a renowned lithographer and etcher. Alongside creating paintings and objects using myriad of materials, Tapies had been actively producing works on paper and graphic works since 1947. Etchings in this exhibition were created during the 1980's and explore the philosophy of the 13th Century Catalan Theologian Ramon Llull, whom Tapies called a "poet, mystic, philosopher, scientist, and man of action."
Lull's metaphysical model in which he strived to draw parallels between the World's religions by using knowledge, language, symbols and mystic diagrams in order to find the Universal reality is continually represented in Tapies' work. Evidently he gained immense inspiration in Lull's philosophy and created works where each sign, symbol and form unearths a deeper meaning for the viewer.
Tapies' work is included in major public and private collections and institutions internationally such as MoMA (New York); Solomon R. Guggenheim (New York); Tate (UK); Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin); Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo); Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (Rome); Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris); Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporaneo (Bilbao); Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles).
We are proud to bring this exhibition for the people in Mayfair and London at large as 2013 marks a significant year for Antoni Tapies with a major Solo exhibition in May in Venice coinciding with the Venice Biennale and two major retrospectives in Spain starting in June and many other group exhibitions.
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