Past Exhibition Special Exhibition

Gordon Matta-Clark: Mutation in Space



Art Museum Special Exhibition Gallery

First full-scale retrospective in Asia!

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.

Hours & Admissions


Art Museum Special Exhibition Gallery


June 19 – September 17, 2018


10:00-17:00 ( Fridays and Saturdays open until 21:00 )
*Last admission : 30 minutes before closing.


Mondays ( except July 16 and September 17 ) and July 17


Adults: ¥1,200( 900 )
College / University students: ¥800( 500 )

*Including the admission fee for MOMAT collection. Offer valid only on the same day.
*The price in brackets is for the group of 20 persons or more.
*All prices include tax.
*High school students and under 18 are free of charge.
*Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.


Repeat Discount
Adults ¥500
College / university students ¥250

* Not valid in combination with other discount. Repeat Discount requires a used ticket.

Photographing Gordon Matta-Clark exhibition is allowed based on the following conditions;

Taking pictures;
・No flash is allowed.
・No tripod is allowed.
・No selfie stick is allowed.
・Take photographs without disturbing other visitors.
・Please refrain from taking close-up pictures of the works.
・No video shooting is allowed.

Using the pictures you’ve taken;
・No commercial use of the photographs of the exhibits is permitted.
・No modification to the photographs of the exhibits.
・Please show following information when you use the photograph s of the exhibits in a blog, SNS or a photo sharing service;

Artist name/ title/ Gordon Matta-Clark/ The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

・Please note that publication of any photographs showing any other visitors in a blog, SNS or a photo sharing service, may infringe on the portrait rights of such visitors.
・Use the photographs in a blog, SNS or a photo sharing service on your own responsibility. The museum does not accept responsibility for private use of photographs.


The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Supported by

Terra Foundation for American Art

Assisted by

U.S.Embassy, Tokyo

Cooperation provided by

All Nippon Airways
Nippon Cargo Airlines

In Collaboration with

The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark
David Zwirner

MOMAT Corporate Partnership

Kinoshita Group
Mitsubishi Corporation
Dai Nippon Printing Co.,Ltd.

This exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them.

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