Gordon Matta-Clark

The Notion of Mutable Space

@ Galerie Thomas Schulte Berlin
September 9 – November 4, 2017
Opening Friday, September 8, 7 – 9 pm

The Notion of Mutable Space is both a fundamental element and a postulation in Gordon Matta-Clark’s thinking. It is also the title of the comprehensive upcoming exhibition at Galerie Thomas Schulte with over 100 original works, which broaches the subject of Matta-Clark’s architectural concept and how it finds expression in his oeuvre and practice.

Gordon Matta-Clark (1943 - 1978, New York) was a conceptual artist best known for his so-called “building cuts,” a series of site-specific projects, which he carried out in the late 1970s involving the dissection of abandoned buildings. Matta-Clark received formal training as an architect at Cornell University from 1962 to 1968, including a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he studied French literature and met Guy Debord and the Situationist International. Matta-Clark never practiced architecture, but instead devised "anarchitecture," an alternative use of buildings. The films and photo collages he made of his “building cuts” dovetail with the experimental, disorienting quality of the architectural cuts, likewise constituting a denunciation of the function of architecture.

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