1943 - 1978
Born in .
Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) was one of the sons of the famous Chilean surrealist Roberto Echaurren Matta. After studying architecture in New York, he quickly gained his place in the margin of the prevalent architecture. In the 70s, he was very active in the New York avant-garde scene. However, he preferred to explore the limits of architecture and art, rather than to be an architect or artist as such. Through his work, he criticised the conventions within architecture and the visual arts, and he also demanded attention for problems concerning social and urban development. The interventions in the 60s and 70s emphasized the condition of NYC as a ‘land of demolition’. Gordon Matta-Clark didn’t destruct anything himself, but, as he put it “experiment with the alternative uses of those places that we are most familiar with”. He called his work performances. Matta-Clark saw the making of incisions and the transforming of buildings as a part of this work. To understand his work, we have to look at all the components, so also the thread that forms the intervention itself as well. None of those interventions stood the test of time, because the buildings were teared down. For that reason, drawings and pictures are the only witnesses of this strange architectural method, and therefore, his work has a strongly temporal nature. His pictures, however, are not only representatives of those interventions: Matta-Clark enlarged and cut up the colour pictures and the cibachromes. By reassembling them, he tried to suggest the spatial experience of his interventions as good as possible.
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De Brokstukken vlogen Ogi...
Gordon Matta-Clark, De Brokstukken vlogen Ogier om de oren. Slopingswerken op Ernest Van Dijckkaai: start of formaliteit., 1980. Article, paper, ink.
Gordon Matta-Clark, Gordon Matta-Clark, 1977. Book, ink, paper, 30.5 x 22 cm, 49 p., language : English, Dutch, publisher : ICC/Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerpen.
Gordon Matta-Clark: Een R...
Gordon Matta-Clark, Gordon Matta-Clark: Een Retrospectief Overzicht 1968-1978, 1987. Book, ink, paper, 27.5 x 21 cm, 31p., language : Dutch, publisher : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen.
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Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarc...
05 October 2012 - 20 January 2013.
GORDON MATTA-CLARK (1943-1978) was an ‘all-round artist’. He called his own work and that of the group that gathered around him 'anarchitectu
The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
Museum E!: Els Vanden Mee...
28 January 2017 - 25 February 2017.
M HKA and the Immaculata nursing home have developed an enduring partnership on the topic of contemporary art. This project aims to stimulate
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Film & Videos of and with...
The films and videos from Gordon Matta-Clark, some on-issued, others recently restored, exist as memories of his performances, his projects i
With electric grinding discs and chainsaws, Gordon Matta-Clark ‘draws’, as it were, in/on/through walls, beams, ceilings and floors. He hand
Gordon Matta-Clark worked a lot in/with/on derelict slum buildings. In the Sixties and Seventies much of the city of New York was down on it
'Office Baroque': the pro...
At each storey in the office-building, Gordon Matta-Clark made two circular cut-through incisions. In this way, created were various and lar