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Tour at the exhibition “Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect. Anu Vahtra: Completion through removal” with Mark Wigley and Anu Vahtra

Tour at the exhibition “Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect. Anu Vahtra: Completion through removal” with Mark Wigley and Anu Vahtra

Time: 29.03.19  12:00–13:00
Location: Kumu exhibition spaces
Price: museum admission

On 29 March at 12:00 pm, a guided tour at the exhibition “Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect. Anu Vahtra: Completion through removal”, with the New Zealand-born architect Mark Wigley and Estonian artist Anu Vahtra, will take place. The tour will be held in English. 

The event is organised in cooperation with the open lecture series of the Faculty of Architecture of the Estonian Academy of Arts and is a continuation of Mark Wigley’s public lecture at EAA’s grand hall on March 28 at 6:00 pm. The lecture is focused on Gordon Matta-Clark’s work and based on many unpublished photographs and documents, fully rethinking Matta-Clark’s renowned practice of cutting holes in selected buildings. 

Mark Antony Wigley (1956) is a New Zealand-born architect, author and (from 2004 to 2014) Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, New York City, United States. Wigley received both his BA (1979) and Ph.D. (1987) in architecture from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Wigley was awarded the Resident Fellowship, Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism in 1989, the International Committee of Architectural Critics (C.I.C.A.) Triennial Award for Architectural Criticism in 1990, and the Graham Foundation Grant in 1997.

Anu Vahtra (1982) is an Estonian artist who has studied photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, and is the winner of the 2015 Köler Prize Grand Prix. Vahtra is interested in spatial and architectural environments, including specific aspects of gallery and museum spaces. At the Kumu exhibition, Vahtra has conceived an installational environment for Matta-Clark’s works based on the design of the preceding exhibition in the Great Hall, Wild Souls. In the Kumu courtyard, Anu Vahtra has created an installation that recalls the former limestone quarry at the site of the museum and enters into a dialogue with Matta-Clark’s work.

The work of Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) fundamentally changed our understanding of the role of architecture in everyday life. He studied architecture at Cornell University (1962–1968) and became one of the central figures in the New York art scene of the 1970s. Matta-Clark is best known for site-specific installations in abandoned houses scheduled to be demolished in New York, Paris, Antwerp and elsewhere. He revealed the chaos behind the seeming orderliness of the urban space and exposed the conflict between living spaces and architectural structures. Matta-Clark belonged to the artistic community gathered around the alternative art space at 112 Greene Street and the restaurant FOOD in SoHo and created the concept “anarchitecture” (a conflation of the words “anarchy” and “architecture”). “Anarchitecture” referred to the creative practice that paid attention to the shifts, voids and non-places in the urban space. The exhibition includes photos and films of Matta-Clark’s performances and installations.

The event is organised in cooperation with the open lecture series of the Faculty of Architecture of the Estonian Academy of Arts, which is supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

You can find more information about the exhibition here.
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Gordon Matta-Clark and Gerry Hovagimyan working on Conical Intersect. Paris, 1975. Photo by Harry Gruyaert. Courtesy of the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark and David Zwirner, New York / London