Antoni Tàpies was an artist committed to the society of his time, as well as to Catalonia and its culture. He invited us to look at the world from an open, critical and reflective perspective. Because of this, the Department of Education and Public Programmes considers his work a good starting point for educational practice.

We understand education as a space for the production of knowledge through art, something to be pursued collectively, because, as the philosopher Marina Garcés says, education is an invitation to think together.

Faced with the current crises, it is necessary to reaffirm the social function of museums and the political dimension of educational processes: art and education are spaces for questioning the world around us, approaching the unknown and unforeseen, and fostering relationships and links.

In addition to the specific programme for the celebration of the Tàpies’ Centenary Year, we continue with the programme of activities for the educational community with visits, projects and training activities for teachers. The dynamic visits are participative tours of the Museum’s spaces with dynamics that, based on the artwork, initiate a dialogue around the experiences of children and young people fostering their subjectivation process, body awareness and values such as respect and cooperation. In the words of Juana M. Sancho, education should allow students and teachers ‘to discover their own meaning, to know themselves, to know the other and the world around us, not to exploit it for their own convenience, but to respect it and nurture the common good’.

As in recent years, we have promoted more ongoing relationships and stronger links between the Museum and educational centres. This year, we hope to start new long-term collaborative projects, while continuing the work processes initiated a few months ago with primary and secondary schools. For example, this year Laura Ginès, as part of the Looking for a Movie project, guides the students and teachers of three educational centres through the process of creating short, experimental films. In addition, we continue with the Espais C programme, spaces for artistic creation in primary schools, conducted by the artist Gina Giménez at the Institut Escola Eixample.

We are continuing the programme of activities for families around the work of Antoni Tàpies, the building and the temporary exhibitions. In addition to the activities led by the educators, you will find activities to perform independently, such as About Tàpies and The Foldable Museum.

We also continue to offer visits and itineraries that provide different views, readings and meanings about the exhibitions and the architectural space of the Fundació. Every Saturday afternoon we offer Approximations, a guided tour of the current exhibitions. To get to know the building and the Montaner y Simón publishing house, we offer an itinerary that starts at the Fundació and continues with a visit to two buildings closely related to its history, Palau Montaner and Casa Thomas.

In addition to these projects, in the Activities Agenda of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies and on the Tàpies’ Centenary Year website you can find up-to-date information on itineraries, courses, concerts and other initiatives based on the idea that society is plural, and the audience is the actor and creator of meanings.

Contact: Rosa Eva Campo and Maria Sellarès Pérez

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