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Film of Antoni Tàpies at 1962 Exhibition Opening

Letter from Antoni Tàpies to Thomas M. Messer, December 16, 1961

Letter from Antoni Tàpies to Thomas M. Messer, December 16, 1961. Exhibition Files. A0003. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York, NY

A young Antoni Tàpies is caught on film in this silent footage of his exhibition opening at the Guggenheim Museum in the spring of 1962. Dressed in a dark suit and tie, Tàpies appears at ease as he smiles and chats with museum patrons. Visitors mingle in front of paintings, and the camera pans around the gallery walls, stopping for a time at Great Painting (1958).

Also found in the Guggenheim Archives, on monogrammed onion skin paper, is a kind letter from Tàpies to former museum director Thomas Messer expressing his gratitude for “the wonderful opportunity for my work to be widely known in New York…” The Antoni Tàpies exhibition catalog, written by curator Lawrence Alloway, has been digitized and is available online.

Video: Antoni Tàpies exhibition opening, 1962. Film collection. A0039. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York, NY