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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Letter of the Belgian Ass...
Florent Bex, Gordon Matta-Clark, Letter of the Belgian Association of Art Critics with reward of Best Exhibition, 1977. Letter, ink, paper.
Antwerpen wil uniek kunst...
Gordon Matta-Clark, Antwerpen wil uniek kunst-huis slopen, 1979. Article, ink, paper.
Splitting: Four Corners, ...
Gordon Matta-Clark, Splitting: Four Corners, 1974. Photography, vintage print, b/w photo, 30.4 x 24 cm, image: 22.5 x 19.5 cm.
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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
28 April 2017 - 05 April 2020.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
AMBERES – Roberto Bolaño’...
07 June 2019 - 15 September 2019.
AMBERES – Roberto Bolaño’s Antwerp An exhibition inspired by a novel, a city and a scene Artists include: Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Im
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Invited by the ICC to come and do something in Antwerp, Matta-Clark reacted enthusiastically. In his first response, he asks only for a ‘spo
Foundation Gordon Matta-C...
To keep Office Baroque the 'Foundation Gordon Matta-Clark' was founded in 1979. When Matta-Clark died young in 1978, Office Baroque appeared
Performances & Interventi...
Why hang things on a wall when the wall itself is so much more a challenging medium? Much of Matta-Clark’s early work consisted of performan
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The M HKA collection is built around three approaches to art: image, action and society. While generally works cannot be classified exclusive