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Barcelona’s Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA) to get a unique collection of Gordon Matta-Clark photos

The MACBA is one of the main European centres for having the work of Matta-Clark. The MACBA Foundation has now received a unique and new collection of Matta-Clark’s work. In 2012, it will hold a temporary exhibition with the work of the American artist, famous for his deconstruction pieces and ‘building cuts’ in the 1970s.

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23 May 2011 10:55 PM

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Barcelona (ACN).- A collection of 46 photographs taken by Gordon Matta-Clark (New York, 1943-1978) capturing his famous \u2018building cuts\u2019 has been given a permanent home with the Foundation of Barcelona\u2019s Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA). The art collector Harold Berg handed over the content of Florent Bex\u2019s photo archive, which includes Matta-Clark\u2019s captions of his ephemeral interventions in buildings. He was famous for deconstructing buildings in the 1970s, pulling down walls, ceilings and floors, as well as \u201Ccutting buildings\u201D. The MACBA already had 13 videos and four photographs from the American artist. With the new images, MACBA becomes one of the main European museums with the artist's work. In 2012, the Barcelona art centre will organise a temporary exhibition on Matta-Clark.


The art collector Harold Berg purchased Florent Bex\u2019s photo archive to include it in his LATA Collection, a collection with its origin in Latin America. The collection is made up of 46 works: 44 vintage black and white photos, printed in paper and with measuring 25x20 cm; one black and white negative; and one intervened slide. All the images were taken by Gordon Matta-Clark and captured his actions on buildings, his \u2018building cuts\u2019, which gave him an important role in the history of Contemporary Art.

The incorporation of Harold Berg\u2019s collection comes at a time when MACBA has a strategy in place to enlarge its own collection through the MACBA Foundation. This has been key since the foundation\u2019s creation, combining purchases with deposits and donations. The MACBA Foundation has already brought 1,500 works to the MACBA Collection.

The MACBA Foundation is a private institution, born in 1987 with the aim of building a significant artistic collection for the museum. It is chaired by Leopoldo Rodés. The MACBA Museum is run by a public consortium among Barcelona\u2019s City Council, and the Catalan and Spanish Governments.

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  • 'Conical Intersect 2' by Gordon Matta-Clark (by MACBA Collection)

  • 'Splitting 9' by Gordon Matta-Clark (by MACBA Collection)

  • 'Conical Intersect 2' by Gordon Matta-Clark (by MACBA Collection)
  • 'Splitting 9' by Gordon Matta-Clark (by MACBA Collection)