ARTIST


松谷武判
MATSUTANI Takesada

松谷武判1937年生於日本大阪,是日本戰後當代藝術的代表人物,創作範圍包含繪畫、雕塑和版畫。他早期學習傳統日本畫,1963年成為日本戰後前衛藝術─具體派的第二代成員,該團體旨在「試圖以身體及各種另類工具進行創作」,拋棄傳統「畫筆」的使用,而「具體二代」又更活化創新,強調材質與精神之間的互動交流,使用更新式的材料作前衛實驗。

1966年松谷於第一回每日美術比賽獲獎後前往法國巴黎留學後定居,並發展出更大膽新穎的創作方式。他的獨門技法即在畫布表面上創作乙烯基膠水球形氣泡,並利用吹風機或自己的呼吸來營造出膨脹和割裂的奇特紋路,再於白膠上以石墨作畫,突破傳統平面繪畫的侷限。

數十年後的今日,松谷仍持續創作不懈,在豐富多樣的作品之中,松谷試圖停下時間,讓暫停的瞬間具象化,並藉此感受日常生活的重複與流動,透過他對石墨和乙烯基膠水等材質的精準運用,為作品創造出空間和深度,也挑戰觀者的視覺與思維想像。

松谷武判目前來往居住於巴黎和日本西宮市兩地創作。近期重要展覽包括2017第57屆威尼斯雙年展主題展「藝術萬歲VIVA ARTE VIVA」、2019法國龐畢度中心「松谷武判大型回顧展」。他的作品亦收藏於倫敦維多利亞與亞伯特博物館、巴黎龐畢度藝術中心、東京當代美術館、達拉斯藝術博物館、阿布達比古根海姆博物館、以及上海龍美術館等。

Born in Osaka, Japan in 1937, MATSUTANI Takesada is one of the most representative artists in Japan’s post-war contemporary art scene, who focuses on painting, sculpture, and print. In his early years, he studied traditional Japanese painting. In 1963, he became a second-generation member of the avant-garde Gutai group. While the Gutai first determined to “use tools and the body for artistic creation” instead of traditional paint brushes, the young artists of the Second Gutai period sparked a more innovative energy and experimented with new materials to emphasize on the exchange and interaction between material and spirit.

In 1966, after winning a grant in the 1st Mainichi Art Competition, Matsutani left for and settled down in Paris for further education, where he developed a more radical way of art-making. He covered his canvas with polyvinyl acetate adhesive (commonly known as white glue) to create air bubbles, and produced a surface with curious textures of swells, fissures and puckers with blow dryer or by blowing air from his mouth. He then painted on the white-glue surface with graphite to break through the limit of two-dimensional painting.

Today, after decades of artistic creation, Matsutani is still steadfastly making art. In his diversely rich work, he attempts to freeze time into concrete images of fleeting moments, through which the audience are able to perceive the repetition and flow of everyday life. Using graphite and white glue with artistic precision, he is able to craft the space and a sense of depth in his work while challenging spectator’s visual and intellectual imagination.

Matsutani now lives and works between Paris and Nishinomiya, Japan. His recent exhibitions include the 57th International Art Exhibition – “VIVA ARTE VIVA” at the Venice Biennale in 2017, and Takesada Matsutani, a large-scale retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in 2019. His works are included in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Long Museum in Shanghai, etc.