Roberto Matta (1911–2002) is one of the most influential painters of the 20th century. His works can be seen in museums around the world. Born in Chile, he was in close contact with Surrealists such as Dalí, André Breton and Marcel Duchamp, with whom he began exhibiting in 1938. Trained as an architect, Matta developed his idea of the relationship of space to human beings in the Paris studio of Le Corbusier. In his paintings he created fictional spaces that called to mind emotional experiences using elements of scientific pictorial language. In the 1940s, when Matta lived in exile in New York City, he anticipated important developments in Abstract Expressionism. After the Second World War, his machine figures reflected political and social events of the day. Matta’s overwhelmingly large paintings are suggestively alluring to viewers. Their fantastic domains are reminiscent of science fiction and computer games.
This exhibition, which will subsequently be shown at the Frieder Burda Museum in Baden-Baden, presents a painter who influenced an era. It has been many years since the last large retrospectives of his work have been held in Germany. Matta. Fictions takes a new look at Matta’s work and demonstrates his amazing relevance to contemporary painting.