21 June-2 September 2012. Triennale pays homage to the original and multi-faceted Chilean artist Sebastian Matta (1911-2002).
This exhibition symbolically reproduces the interns of his artist’s home, exclusively furnished with his creations, suspended between art, design and artisanship. On show are a series of objects created with various materials, such as wood, resin and metal, displayed along with cutleries, plates, decorated vases and small sculptures. This exhibitory path is completed by some of Matta’s pictorial works.
Born in Chile, Matta started studying architecture and in 1934 he moved to Paris, where he worked with Le Corbusier and came into close contact with various intellectuals, such as Rafael Alberti and Federico García Lorca. After meeting André Breton and Salvador Dalí he joined Surrealism and started focusing on psychological morphologies. His constant movements allowed him to meet Alvar Aalto in Scandinavia as well as Henry Moore, Roland Penrose and René Magritte in London. At the beginning of world war two, Matta escaped to London along with many avant-guard artists. From 1949 to 1954 he moved to Rome, where he became the connection between abstract expressionism and nascent Italian abstractionism. Although he left for Paris in 1954, he kept a strong relationship with Italy and especially Tarquinia, where he is buried. Between 1973 and 1976 he designed and built together with the sculptor and painter Bruno Elisei the so called Autoapocalipse, a house built through recycling old cars, which was meant to be a provocation against consumption. His works are displayed at the most important museums of Rome, Venice, Paris, London, New York, Washington and Tokyo.