Antoni Tàpies 'Rinzen', 1992-1993

When in 1998 Antoni Tàpies was invited to install a permanent work at MACBA, he chose Rinzen, which five years earlier had been awarded the Golden Lion at the 1993 Venice Biennale. Hanging high on a wall, among other architectural elements, is this over-sized hospital bed. When the work was presented in Venice, the neighbouring former Yugoslavia was at war. ‘It is a plea against war and violence’, the artist explained. When he installed it at MACBA, he added that with it he wanted ‘to activate a mechanism that would provoke a desire for deep contemplation’.