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.