Representing the Work
In 2020, the MAC’s will be presenting the first retrospective in Belgium of the Californian artist Matt Mullican. Since the early 1970s, Matt Mullican has sought to structure the world and to understand it using various supports (stone slabs, flags and banners, stained-glass windows or computer assisted compositions, etc.) to establish a truly personal cosmology. This mental map, which he named “the five worlds”, refers to the various levels of perception with which he associates colours (yellow for art, red for ideas, etc.). In this way the artist will invade the space of the MAC’s to plunge the visitor into the heart of his original universe and confront us with the numerous aspects which characterise human life.
Matt Mullican was born in Santa Monica (United States) in 1951, the son of the modern artists Luchita Hurtado and Lee Mullican. He lives and works in New York and Berlin.
Since 1973, Matt Mullican has had a number of monographic exhibitions around the world, in both museums and galleries.
In 2019, he exhibited his work at NC-arte in Bogota; in 2018, he took over the immense space of the HangarBiccoca in Milan. In 2010, the 12 by 2 exhibition at the IAC in Villeurbanne confronted the works of Matt Mullican with those of “That Person” and in 2005, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne organised Learning from That Person’s Work, a solo exhibition of works created by “That Person”, the character who appears when Matt Mullican is hypnotised.
His work is found in numerous international public and private collections, notably the MoMA in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the MAC’s.