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First full-scale retrospective of Matta-Clark’s work in Asia at The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo

19 June, 2018

Matta Clark

Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) was active mainly in New York in the 1970s. Despite having died an untimely death at the age of thirty-five, he has continued to attract many followers in various fields including art, architecture, street culture and food. This is the first full-scale retrospective of the pioneering artist in Asia.

Matta-Clark’s witty, cool and poetic activities enjoys great international popularity forty years after his death. In 2017, solo shows of his art were held in Portugal, Germany and the USA. Others are scheduled for 2018 in France and for 2019 in Estonia, in addition to our project.

This exhibition presents 200 items including sculptures, videos, photographs, drawings and related materials to offer a full-scale retrospective of Matta-Clark’s art. Although his career was cut short to ten years by his untimely death at the age of thirty-five, his multifaceted activities ranged from art, architecture and street culture to FOOD, an artist-run restaurant.

One of the largest three-dimensional works in his renowned “building cuts” series in which he cut buildings, Splitting: Four Corners is coming to Japan for the first time. Enjoy the invaluable work that has seldom left the USA.

Matta-Clark lived in the 1970s when the world economy began explosive growth, and in New York City, an experimental site for capitalism. There, his activities centered on exploration into ways for art to help create a rich community. Today, here in Tokyo that is going to begin to shrink ahead of the rest of the world, Matta-Clark’s buoyant, cool and poetic ideas will provide various clues for each of us to think about what we can do now to live a richer life.


Top Image: Splitting: Four Corners, 1974 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis, The Art Supporting Foundation, the Shirley Ross Davis Fund, and the Accessions Committee Fund: gift of Mimi and Peter Haas, Niko and Steve Mayer, Christine and Michael Murra; Photo: Ben Blackwell; Courtesy the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


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Tokyo, 102-8322 Japan
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