Takesada Matustani retrospective at Paris Centre Pompidou

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 29 May 2019 at 09h58
From June 26 to September 23, 2019 Paris Centre Pompidou devotes an exhibition to Takesada Matsutani. This Japanese artist living and working in Paris since 1966 is rather unknown by art connoisseurs. The retrospective returns to 60 years of creation in a singular style, over 22 works given by Takesada Matsutani to Centre Pompidou.

Have you heard about Takesada Matsutani? The 82-year old Japanese artist living in Paris for over 50 years is a figure of the hard-edge painting with a very personal “black” work.

In France Matsutani reassesses – through different readings – his spiritual reflection marked by Shinto and Buddhism that paced his childhood. He revolves towards a more and more personal style where experience on the organic matter is mixed to his work on the notion of space and time.

His career really starts in 1963 when, at 26 years old, Takesada Matsutani is accepted in the Gutai group. At that time, he makes paintings with the surface covered in gaping blisters, created using vinyl glue. Three years later, he wins the first prize of a French Japanese art contest and leaves for France for six months. He’d never come back and becomes Stanley William Hayter’s assistant thanks to whom he discovers the American hard-edge style.

All along his career, Takesada Matsutani will spend his time working on organic matter, tinting his work with the Shinto and Buddhism that paced his childhood. His works are loved by museums, including Centre Pompidou to which the artist gave 22 creations.

Takesada Matsutani started taking part in international fair and major events in 2013 only and while he was rather unknown prior to this year, his fame booms. He’s been even invited in 2017 to create an in-situ installation for the 57th Venice Biennale!

Come and discover this still pretty active artist.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 26 June 2019 to 23 September 2019



    Place Georges-Pompidou
    75004 Paris 4


    Métro ligne 11 station "Rambuteau"

    tarif -26 ans UE: Free
    tarif réduit: €11
    tarif plein: €14

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    Horaires : 11h-21h, fermé le mardi

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