Sebastian Matta

- Selected Works
- Biography

(Santiago del Cile 1911 – Civitavecchia 2002)

Roberto Antonio Sebastián Matta Echaurren, known as Roberto Matta or Sebastiano Matta (Santiago de Chile, 1911 – Civitavecchia, November 23, 2002), was an architect and painter.

After completing his studies in architecture in Chile, in 1934 he moved to Paris where he worked with Le Corbusier and comes into contact with intellectuals such as Rafael Alberti and Federico García Lorca. He knows André Breton and Salvador Dalí and adheres to Surrealism paintings focused on developing psychological morphologies. At the beginning of World War II he flees to New York along with many other avant-garde artists. Here he exerts a decisive influence on some young artists such as Jackson Pollock and Arshile Gorky. In 1949 he moved to Rome and he will become an important link between abstract expressionism and the emerging Italian abstraction. Leaving Rome in 1954, he moved back to Paris, but he maintained a tight relationship with Italy until the end.

His works are exhibited in major museums around the world.

- Exhibitions
  • 2016

    Matta, Exposición De Obras De 1943 A 1999 - Galeria Artespacio, Santiago

  • 2015

    Matta in the 1950s and 1960s - Pace Gallery, New York City, NY
    Roberto Matta - Matta - Galerie Thessa Herold, Paris

  • 2014

    Roberto Matta - The Freedom of Gesture - Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
    The Surrealist Roberto Matta - Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, West Palm Beach, FL

  • 2013

    Gli Spazi Della Psiche E Del Mondo - Galleria Biasutti & Biasutti Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin
    Matta, du surréalisme à l’histoire - Musée Cantini, Marseille
    Matta. Fiktonen - Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

  • 2012

    Matta. Fiktionen - Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg
    Oils, sculptures and mixed media - Galleria d'Arte Maggiore, Bologna
    Roberto Matta: Arquitecto De La Imaginación - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca
    Roberto Matta - Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris

  • 2011

    Matta. Sculptures - Maison de l'Amérique Latine, Paris
    Matta: Centenario 11.11.11 - Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda, Santiago
    100 años de Matta - Museo de la Memoria y de los Derechos Humanos, Santiago
    Roberto Matta: A 100 años de su nacimiento - Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City
    Matta100 - MNBA - Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Santiago Chile, Santiago
    Matta: A Centennial Celebration - Pace Gallery, New York City, NY
    Matta 1911-2011 - Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao
    Matta - IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia

  • 2010

    Dibujos - Galería Animal, Santiago
    Pittura/scrittura Di Echaurren Roberto Sebastián Matta - Galleria Biasutti Giampiero, Turin

  • 2009

    Latitudes, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • 2008

    Don Qui, Homage from Matta to Don Quixote - Instituto Cervantes - Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
    Don Qui, Homage from Matta to Don Quixote - Instituto Cervantes - Brasilia, Brasilia
    Descubritorio Matta - MAVI - Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago

  • 2007

    Roberto Matta: What is the Object of the Mind? - El Sourdog Hex, Berlin
    Matta - Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris
    Don Qui - Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid (CBA), Madrid
    Pinturas de los años 50 - Galería Animal, Santiago
    Gravures - Roberto Matta - Galerie Renée Ziegler, Zurich Gravures: Roberto Matta, Galerie Renee Ziegler, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)

  • 2004

    Roberto Matta, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC (solo)
    Matta, Malingue, Paris, France (solo)
    Matta: Making the Invisible Visible, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA (solo)

  • 2003

    Matta 1938-1971, Galleria de'Foscherari, Bologna, Italy (solo)

  • 2002

    Matta in America: Paintings and Drawings of the 1940s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (solo)

  • 2000

    Matta: Oper Dal 1957 al 1993, Galleria Patrizia Poggi, Ravenna, Italy (solo)
    Matta El Ano de los Tres 000, Fundacion Telefonica, Santiago, Chile (solo)

  • 1999

    Matta, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (solo)
    Borges Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina (solo)

  • 1998

    Matta: Surrealism and Beyond, Haggerty Museum of Art, Chicago, IL (solo)

  • 1997

    Roberto Matta: Paintings and Drawings 1937-1959, Galeria Lopez Quiroga, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
    Matta: Paintings and Drawings, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
    Matta: Re-generation, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida (solo)
    Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

  • 1995

    Transparency in the Art of the 20th Century, Musee des Beaux-Arts Andre Malraux, Le Havre, France

  • 1993

    Matta: Engravings, Galeria Arte Actual, Santiago, Chile (solo)
    Matta: Works from Chicago Collections, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)

  • 1992

    Crosscurrents of Modernism: Four Latin American Pioneers, Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

  • 1991

    Matta Exhibition: One verse 11-11-11, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile (solo)

  • 1990

    Matta: Drawings 1937-1946, Acquavella Contemporary Art, New York, NY (solo)

  • 1989

    Aspects of Modern Art in France, Galerie Daniel Malingue, Paris, France

  • 1988

    Matta: Drawings 1937-88, Museum Bochum, Germany (solo)
    Italy Matta: Matta in Italy, Palazzo Venezia, Rome, Italy (solo)
    Matta: The Early Years, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

  • 1985

    Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (solo)

  • 1984

    The Logic of Hallucination [Drawings], Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (solo)
    Artistic Collaboration in the Twentieth Century, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

  • 1982

    60 Works: The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

  • 1981

    Graphics, American Academy of Rome, Rome, Italy (solo)
    A New Spirit in Painting, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK

  • 1978

    Hom'mere (Etchings), Kettle's Yard Gallery, Cambridge University, Cambridge, MA (solo)

  • 1976

    Homage aux Pyrénées, Château de Castellnou, Castellnou (solo)

  • 1975

    A Totemic World, Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Andrew Crispo Gallery, New York, NY
    Pastelli, L'Homme Descend du Signe, Galleria dell'Oca, Rome, Italy (solo)
    Surrealism, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

  • 1974

    The Early Years: A Selection of Paintings and Drawings from the Years 1939 - 1957, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

  • 1973

    Sebastian Matta/dipinti, disegni e incisioni 1957 - 1973, Galleria Schubert, Milan, Italy (solo)

  • 1971

    In the Space of a Chilean Week, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Havre, France (solo)

  • 1970

    Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturebesitz, Berlin, Germany (solo)

  • 1969

    The Revolution is Architecture, Centre Culturel Municipal, Villeparisis, France (solo)

  • 1968

    Painting in France 1900 - 1967, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

  • 1967

    Galeria Latinoamerica, Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba (solo)
    Matta, Being with, Saint Denis, France

  • 1965

    La Llave de los Campos, Galeria del Techo, Caracas, Venezuela
    The Open Cube, Kunstmuseum, Lucerne, Switzerland (solo)

  • 1963

    Sebastian Matta: Mostra Antologica in Bologna, Museo Civico, Bologne (solo)
    Within the Easel Convention: Sources of Abstract-Expressionism, The Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

  • 1962

    Drawings, Pastels and Paintings, Allan Frumlin Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
    Art Since 1950, American and International, Seattle World's Fair, Seattle, WA

  • 1960

    Sculptures by Matta, Galerie du Dragon, Paris, France (solo)

  • 1959

    15 Forms of Doubting, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
    Retrospective, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 1958

    50 Ans d'Art Moderne, Palais International des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

  • 1957

    Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)

  • 1955

    Matta of Chile, Pan American Union, Washington, DC (solo)

  • 1952

    Designs by Matta, Galerie Nina Dausset, Paris, France (solo)

  • 1952

    L'Oeuvre du XXe siècle, Peintures, Sculptures, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France

  • 1951

    Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (solo)

  • 1948

    40,000 Years of Modern Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

  • 1947

    Matta (Preface by Andre Breton), Galerie René Drouin, Paris, France (solo)
    Fifty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculpture: Abstract and Surrealist American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago,

  • 1944

    Twelve Contemporary Painters, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

  • 1943

    War and the Artist, Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, NY

  • 1942

    Oils, Pencils and Paintings, Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York (solo)
    Peggy Guggenheim's Collection of Paintings, Sculpture, Collages, Drawings, Objects and Photography...Pioneer Art Movement, Art of this Century Gallery, New York, NY

  • 1940

    Tchelitchew, Matta and Walt Disney, Julien Levy Gallery, New York, NY

  • 1938

    Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme, Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

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