- Antoni Llena Barcelona, Spain, 1942
- Date:1967-1968 / Later print
- Technique:Gelatin silver print on paper mounted on aluminium dibond
- Dimensions:Full bleed image: 39 x 29 cm
- Category: Photography
- Entry date:2008
- Register number:AD05084
In the mid-1960s, Antoni Llena began to make ephemeral works using poor-quality, fragile materials like paper, talc and foam rubber. “One day, I started to make small sculptures out of paper, and I suddenly felt free. I found the fact that they could only last a limited time very calming, because it saved me the trouble of destroying them. That’s when I understood that life is movement, an ongoing process of change, and that the intellectual act is above all an act of ‘attention’. The most important thing is to pay attention. I thought: ‘it is constantly necessary to forget what you know to save your freedom, your view.’ And I realised that this artistic attitude was already the work of art.”
Catifa de papers pintats (Carpet of Wallpapers) is just what the title says; papers scattered around with no explanation. As the artist has said, “If the work is lost, there is always a photograph.” The photographs represent the only materiality in works that are destined to disappear immediately, testimony to a very short existence, yet this does not affect the subtle, almost lyrical beauty in the pictures: an example of the radical dematerialisation of the art object.
Nicolas de Staël, 1914-1955 : [Fundació Caixa Catalunya, del 18 de junio al 24 de septiembre de 2007 / textos, Antoni Llena ... et al.].Staël, Nicolas de ( 1914-1955)Barcelona : Fundació Caixa Catalunya, 
Llena, Antoni ( 1942-)Barcelona : Galeria Joan Prats, 1985.
Blau. Antoni Tapies, Albert Rafols Casamada, Joan Hernandez Pijuan, Maria Girona, Antoni Llena, Silvia Gubern, Robert Llimos, Jose Manuel Broto, Xavier Grau, Frederic Amat, Carlos Pazos, Miquel Barcelo, Patricio Velez, Dolors Dalmau, Rosa Vives. / Texte, Victoria Combalia Dexeus.Barcelona : Caixa de Pensions. Obra Social, 1982.
Barcelona : Universitat Autonoma, 1989.
Llena, Antoni ( 1942-)Valencia : Sala Parpallo, 1981.