Gordon Matta-Clark
Anarchitect
from 05 June 2018
until 23 September 2018
Concorde, Paris

Soon after completing his studies at Cornell University School of Architecture (1962-1968), Gordon Matta-Clark moved to New York and started developing a series of artworks in situ that seemed to perform an anatomy of sorts onto the very body of the urban landscape by literally cutting structures apart and exhibiting the remnants as demonstration.

An important part of these actions were realized in the South Bronx during a period marked by the borough’s steep economic decline prompted in great part by the massive exodus of its middle class to suburbia. As a consequence, a great number of abandoned buildings in the area provided raw material for Matta-Clark to intervene on. One of the most iconic series from this period, Bronx Cuts, became emblematic of the artist’s practice and was later expanded onto highly ambitious works such as Conical Intersect (Paris, 1975), and Office Baroque (Antwerp, 1977).

Featuring over one hundred artworks, the exhibition "Anarchitect" explores the importance of Matta-Clark’s practice towards a rethinking of architecture after modernism. Ranging a diversity of media that include photography, video, sculpture, and printmaking, the exhibition also features a number of works related to contemporary urban culture that further contextualize Gordon Matta-Clark’s compelling critique of architecture.



Curators: Sergio Bessa and Jessamyn Fiori.

Coproduction Jeu de Paume, Paris / The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York