In conjunction with the opening of Tàpies: From Within, Vincente Todolí, former Tate Director and guest curator of the exhibition, discussed this major historical survey that features a selection of more than 50 large-scale paintings and sculptures, representing diverse moments from Antoni Tàpies' career.
Tàpies: From Within exposes Tàpies' groundbreaking practice, which fused impoverished materials with symbols of Eastern and Western culture to create dense works covered with graffiti-like gestures. The artist's use of unusual materials and forms evolved into his own unique visual language, earning him an international reputation as one of the most successful abstract painters of his generation.
Vincente Todolí's selection of works for this exhibition emphasizes the artist's unique material investigations of surface, mark-making and found objects, offering an intimate and unusual view of the artists' oeuvre. Vincente Todolí, born in Valencia in 1958, is a curator of contemporary art. In 1986 he was nominated chief curator of IVAM in Valencia, a position he held until 1988, when he became artistic director of the same institution. In 1996, he joined Museu Serralves in Porto as its founding director, and seven years later, in 2003, he was appointed director of Tate Modern London, a position he held until 2010. He is presently the Artistic Advisor for HangarBicocca in Milan, Italy.