Visit to the studio of the artist Antoni Llena in Vallvidrera

Visit to the studio of the artist Antoni Llena in Vallvidrera

Fecha de inicio: 
30 June 2017


The collaborators of the MACBA Foundation had the privilege of knowing the studio of Antoni Llena, artist from the MACBA Collection.

Antoni Llena
(Barcelona, 1942) was a pioneer in the mid-1960s of the ephemeral sculptures, works made with shadows and papers, with boxes that must be destroyed to see the artwork hidden inside, or paints made with talcum powder, among other basic materials. When the current art was pop, he practiced conceptual art. Over time, when conceptual art was imposed, he went unnoticed. In the eighties, he continued working with paper cut-out, rethinking the constructive space and the idea of volume.

During the visit, we had the opportunity to talk with the artist about his projects in the urban public space, such as the sculpture “Homenatge als Castellers” at Plaça Sant Miquel, and discover the creative process that he carried out to transmit the same fragility of his work on paper.

Antoni Llena told us his vision of contemporary art, the role of the artists, and he showed us the project in which he is currently working. An untiring project of thousands of drawings inspired by the work of Lucio Fontana, brought all together under the title of "SOS" pretending to recover the idea of the traditional drawing versus the technological expansion. It was nice to share a while with him, in which he told us anecdotes from the past, explained his purely self-taught formation and his passion for writing. Thank you very much Toni!

His work is part of the collections of Artium de Vitoria, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Museo Reina Sofía Madrid and MACBA, among others. His work was recently exhibited at the MACBA Collection Desires and Needs exhibition (2015) and in May of this year, it was announced that the MoMA of New York was going to acquire five sculptures by the artist  for its Collection.

The MoMA acquires works of Antoni Llena (spanish)

Opinion articles by Antoni Llena (catalan)