Antoni Tàpies – A Life in Art is an experimental documentary focusing on the legacy of Antoni Tàpies, the 20th century Catalan painter and sculptor who died in 2012. The film, which follows the artist growing up during the dictatorship of Franco, is strongly relevant to the divisive politics of today. Its goal is to engage viewers who are looking for stories of how artists personally navigate complex journeys; spiritual, political and everyday. Tàpies stood out in his lifetime, not only as a major painter but also as the voice of freedom and hope for an entire generation during a very dark period in Spain’s history.
This film, began principal photography in 1974 during the dictatorship. The project was put into long-term hiatus, due to funding issues, and the original negatives stored at the British Film Institute. Now after 40 years, with the support of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies the film has re-entered production, finding new meaning after the death of the artist.