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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Stichting wil project in ...
Gordon Matta-Clark, Stichting wil project in Antwerpen Behouden, 1979. Article, ink, paper.
Stichting Gordon Matta-Cl...
Gordon Matta-Clark, Stichting Gordon Matta-Clark, advertisement, 1979. Article, ink, paper.
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Dear ICC – Aspects of con...
18 December 2004 - 27 February 2005.
During the seventies and the early eighties, the ICC was an intermediary between a progressive art praxis and the ill-at-ease public, as well
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
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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Office Baroque: History o...
“The rings accidentally left behind on a drawing by a teacup, gave me the idea to organize the whole around two semi-circles of slightly diff
'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
Quite conscious of the impermanence of his work, Matta-Clark tried as far as was possible to document his urban interventions, his performanc