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Antoni Tàpies

a radio feature produced by Michael Shirrefs

On Creative Instinct this week, a celebration of the work of the late Antoni Tàpies, who sadly died on 6 February 2012 at the age of 88, within days of the first broadcast of this feature.

He’s considered to be one of the greatest Catalan artists, and was a very important creative voice in 20th century Europe. But while he is widely known and recognised throughout Europe and America, Antoni Tàpies is little known in Australia. Born in Barcelona in 1923, Tàpies links modern Spain with a very deep and very old tradition of Catalan philosophy and mysticism. His works have the textures and markings that reflect his physical world of Barcelona, with all the traces and echoes of the terrible violence of civil war and the repression that went with decades of brutal dictatorship under Franco.


But Tàpies brings a much wider mix of avant-garde innovation and cross-cultural philosophy to his paintings, sculptures, installations and graphic works—making him a powerful visual voice.

Listen to the program here …

Creative InstinctAntoni Tàpies



Edmund Capon


Núria Homs


Josep Miquel Sobrer


Barbara Catoir






Michael Shirrefs, Producer


John Jacobs, Sound Engineer

© 2012, Michael Shirrefs & ABC RN

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