Antoni Tàpies Foundation - T for Teresa

Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012) met Teresa Barba (1934–) at the end of the 1940s, when she was still a young girl. A few years earlier, she had lost her mother and had to take care of her five siblings, while looking after her father. This gave her a maturity and humanity uncommon for her age. During the artist’s stay in Paris in 1950–51, they exchanged a regular and intense correspondence that united them through intimate links. On Tàpies return from Paris, they formalised their relationship and in October 1954 Antoni Tàpies and Teresa Barba were married in Barcelona.
The presentation of the series of drawings entitled Sèrie Teresa (Teresa’s Series, 1966), together with the series of lithographs, lithocollages and collages Cartes per a la Teresa (Letters to Teresa, 1974), pays tribute to their relationship by celebrating a private language accessible only to those who spoke it. The two sets of works display a repertoire of signs without translation for the viewer: a series of gestures that preserves the couple’s intimacy despite explicit allusions to domesticity and a shared sexuality.

Start date: February 6, 2018
End date: October 28, 2018
Address: Carrer d'Aragó, 255, 08007 Barcelona
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