Roberto Sebastian Matta
Oils, sculptures and mixed media

September 20, 2012 - January 30, 2013

Following the ongoing celebrations in different countries for the centenary of his birth, Galleria d'Arte Maggiore – G.A.M. opens its exhibition season with an homage to one of the most significant representative of the Surrealism, as well as an artist who connects the early Twentieth Century avant-garde with the abstractionism of the postwar period: Roberto Sebastian Matta. The works of the Chilean artist, who is among the masters who have always been curated and supported by Franco and Roberta Calarota on the international scene, have entered some of the most important public and private collections in the world and keep rousing curators' and collectors' interest thanks to the strong connection with current event. From oil paintings to sculptures – his totem – the main protagonist in Matta's work is human being. The expositive path realized on this occasion outlines the theme of the eternal questioning relationship between the body and the universe, which is a theme fitting well with an artist who describes himself as an innocent revolutionary.

Different continents and countries have been involved in the celebration for the centenary of Roberto Sebastian Matta's birth. From Santiago of Chile, his home town, to Rome via Paris and New York, his works come now to Galleria d'Arte Maggiore in Bologna with and explosion of colours and energy. Protagonist of the Surrealist movement, the artist influences the young american artists, first among everybody Jackson Pollock and Ashley Gorky. Being truly inspired by nature and universe, by the human primitive and anthropological phases, Matta starts to paint on the eve of the Second World War during a moment in his life when he describes himself as “maladjusted”. Emigrated from his native land traveling throughout Europe, the theme of the solitary and almost reclusive travel will be the inspiring muse to his works and it will lead him to wonder about the relationship man-universe but also about his interiority, about his own ego. The expositive path created by Franco and Roberta Calarota is intended to be a panoramic view about the different phases and techniques he experimented during his life. Just before the war, Matta paints articulate forces plunged into light paths which remind the visions of bombing and the violence deriving from them. Magmatic, almost geological, works are the protagonist of the Fifties: it is a sort of return to origin, to mother earth, to the forces of life. These twisted figures will then stay with the artist till his death in Italy in 2002. But these are real nightmares, not dictated by the unconscious or by Goya's dreams. These nightmares are originated by a dangerous reality, by man's questions but also by the volcanic explosions of nature and earth. Even in difficult periods, the artist doesn't renounce to big size canvas. His painting is 360 degrees, made by colour stains which include forms, thin and skinny figures, which are almost sketchy. “I search something in every stain, something unknown, unseen, new for me. And I work till this becomes even more unknown”. The artist works on questions, on a series of question marks which will never have an answer, while his figures go from an explosion to another, sometimes contained in more geometrical and rigid situations, which are connected to the architectural past of Matta himself. The world painted by the chilean artist is a day after world, after the flood, or more simply the everyday world, cyclical, with days to fight, felt as never-ending attacks.

Roberto Sebastian Matta was born in Chile in 1911, but his art has passed through the entire Europe and United States. His works are in fact at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, at the Fine Art Museum in San Francisco and at the Galleria d'Arte Nazionale in Rome. Among Matta's sons, Pablo Echaurren is an artist too and he is represented by Galleria d'Arte Maggiore.

Press Release

Flash Art - November 2012
Arte - November 2012 "Matta returns to conquer the international market"

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