Gordon Matta-Clark: Mutation in Space
In a nutshell
Gordon Matta-Clark was an artist who active in the 1970s and is famous for his site-specific artwork. He cut through roofs, walls, and floors, creating openings in buildings and residences. The exhibition highlights his site-specific work through videos, photos and model. Information and artwork highlighting Matta-Clark’s interest and work in other types of art, architecture, street culture and food are displayed as well.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo is a four-story building with the main special exhibition space on the first floor. Selections from the museum’s permanent collection and other smaller special exhibitions are on the 2nd-4th floors. The ticket price includes the permanent collection and the Crafts Gallery down the street.
A nice feature of many Tokyo museums is sitting rooms with outside views, offering visitors a visual palate cleanser. This museum’s views include the Imperial Palace.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All of the available information is in English. There is an app to download for free in lieu of an audio guide. The guide on the app has the same information as provided as some of the wall text. There is an audio option but the voice sounds very robotic.
Photographs are allowed.
It is ironic to appreciate an artist who was skeptical about museums being closed off from the outside world in a museum. It’s difficult to appreciate a circle in the floor or a semi-circle hewed out of a wall through photos or cardboard models. Matta-Clark’s truly original artwork is an expression of unique mind that asks questions of the viewer and causes even the most mundane buildings to be seen in a different way.
This exhibition would appeal to any art/design/architecture art lover who wants to see something different.
How far out?
A short five minute walk from the Takebashi Subway Station, Exit 1b.
How much time?
About 45-60 minutes.
How much money?
¥1,200 for general admission (includes admission to the permanent collection and the Crafts Gallery down the street).
September 17, 2018
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Worth seeing if you’re in the area or have some free time.