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    Vinyl adhesive, pencil, acrylic and wood

    20.4 × 13.3 × 1.5 cm

  • Untitled, 1984

    Relief vinyl, graphite, watercolour on paper

    145 x 104,7

Takesada Matsutani is a Japanese artist. He was born in Osaka in 1937.

He studied painting in Osaka, but as he was suffering from tuberculosis, he missed many classes and mostly studied on his own. During this years, his works were largely influenced by surrealist collage, without never losing the connection with the Japanese pictorial tradition that Matsutani always felt as part of his identity.

In 1959 he met Sadamasa Motonaga. He was a member of the Gutai Art Association, a Japanese avant-garde movement strongly influenced by western art. Motonaga put Matsutani in contact with the group, of which he became a member from 1963 to its dissolution in 1972.

In 1966, Matsutani received a grant from the French government that allowed him to move to Paris. From this moment on, he lived between France and Japan. He focused his work on painting and engraving. Even after the end of Gutai, he remained loyal to its principles. His most important works use glue as a medium: he blows into vinyl glue to creates a shape. Later, Matsutani incorporated graphite to his work to enrich the visual qualities of the glue.

Matsutani attended may important solo and group exhibitions, and his works are part of the collection of major institutions around the world, such as Centre Pompidou in Paris, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and The Albertina Museum in Vienna.