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Roberto Matta /   Roberto Sebastian Antonio Matta Echaurren

Chile 1911 - 2002

Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism

Roberto Matta
Roberto Sebastian Antonio Matta Echaurren
August 10, 2016
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Providing the art scene with a unique synthesis of European, American and Latin American visual cultures, Chilean-born artist Roberto Matta was an international figure known for his work which simultaneously incorporated elements from the rather different and popular movements of Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism. He worked through the concepts of these two styles and added an unconventional social and political note uncommon for both abstract expressionists and surrealists. Relying on a fascinating aesthetic vocabulary, Roberto Matta blended abstraction, figuration and multi-dimensional spaces into complex landscapes, making some of the most recognizable series of paintings that emerged from the 20th century.

Chilean 2002 painting traveled from New York to Santiago, like a true member of surrealist works
Roberto Matta – The Mirror of Cronos, 1998 – Image via

Before Fame and Related Contributors

Matta had a very specific and unusual family bloodline as he was of Spanish, Basque and French descent. He was born Roberto Sebastian Antonio Matta Echaurren in the year of 1911, in Chile’s capital and largest city of the state, Santiago. After a very happy childhood, Roberto decided he would like to pursue a career in architecture as this traditional art form intrigued him for years. With such goals, he studied architecture and interior design at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in his native city of Santiago, where he graduated at the top of his class in 1935. After he received his deserved diploma, Matta wanted to take some time off and enjoy the freedom which he believed will disappear the second he found employment. He journeyed from Peru to Panama, going on a self-exploration trip – a concept popular with the South America’s youth as many of them would take such tours with goals of discovering their inner selfs. Whilst voyaging, Roberto Matta would draw sights he saw around him, trying to capture the geographical features he witnessed in a highly surreal fashion.

The amateur paintings he made in this time actually served as a catalyst that burned a fire underneath him – from that point on, Matta became quite interested in the medium of painting and wanted to test himself in this expressive tool, but without disregarding architecture and the affection he still had for it. In the year of 1933, Roberto moved to Paris and started to work alongside the famed architect Le Corbusier. A year later, however, it was a time for a change of scenery, as Matta traveled to Madrid, Spain, where he was introduced to Salvador Dalí. This was a pivotal moment in young Roberto’s career as the legendary Dalí encouraged him to start painting in a complete surrealistic style, as well as providing the aspiring artist with an opportunity to present his pieces to the main figure behind the movement of Surrealism, Andre Breton. After meeting with both Dalí and Breton, Matta decided he would join their movement and become an official surrealistic painter, embracing all of their stylistic features and conceptual command. As his duty among new fellow colleagues, Roberto was in charge of producing illustrations and articles for Surrealist journals such as Minotaure. During this period, he was introduced to the work of many prominent contemporary European artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp.

Roberto Matta’s early works were a celebration of pace

Chilean 2002 painting traveled from New York to Santiago, like a true member of surrealist works
Roberto Matta – Morphology of Desire, 1938 – Image via

The Darker Half of his Biography

During the year of 1938, Matta left Europe and traveled across Atlantic, finding a new home in New York. Right about that time, his art has shifted and evolved as he finally stopped drawing and began working in oil. For the next decade or so, Roberto lived and worked in the United States, spending most of his free time creating one of the most famous projects of his career – the Inscape series. Unfortunately, Matta went from a respected member of the surrealists to a banished artist in an instant – he was accused of having an alleged relationship with Arshile Gorky‘s wife, a fellow artist well respected by Breton and the rest of the surrealists. After traumatized Gorky committed suicide due to his unhappiness over the unfaithful wife, colleagues with whom Matta held company saw fit to banish Roberto from their circle, refusing to speak with him or acknowledge his work. Subsequently, Matta’s connections with the Surrealism movement were severed beyond repair. Fortunately for Roberto, his reputation as a first class modern artist was already established and the banishment he suffered did not really alter his lifestyle too much, but it did make him a lonely man with many creative insecurities.

After the World War II ended, the disturbing state of world politics found reflection in Matta’s work, filling his compositions with images of electrical machinery and distressed figures. This kind of style lasted all through the 1950s as Roberto was obviously not able to shake off the stresses from both the war and the banishment from previous art circles. Matta spent these years between two continents, dividing his time between South America and Europe. Politics continued to over influence his work which was still prevailing in its semi-abstract style he established over fifteen years earlier. Inspired by the old concepts of Picasso’s huge canvases, Roberto as well worked on vast surfaces, with the perfect example of the mural entitled The First Goal of the Chilean People, made for Salvador Allende, the president of Chile at the time. By this time, Matta often supplemented an aesthetic of pure abstraction with elements of figuration and precisely rendered, though fantastically conceived, three-dimensional space. Through his canvases, he managed to create new dimension by blending organic and cosmic life forms, effectively making him one of the most creative and chaotic artists of his generation. Severed from the Surrealistic painters of his time, Matta was in no position to influence the future of the style but still had a lot of characteristics that once made him a part of the movement. He continued to explore the unconsciousness through a symbolic language of abstract close forms and these visual investigations effectively turned him into an early and crucial inspiration for the Abstract Expressionists. However, Roberto never officially admitted he was a part of this movement, probably because he was still hurt by the previous ejection from an art circle. His mature years were not as active as the earlier ones in an artistic sense, as he chose to focus more on family than work. Matta died on November 23, 2002, in Civitavecchia, Italy.

Although Roberto Matta was a true art celebrity in his younger years, that all changed in the 1950s as he was banished from the Surealism despite his contributions to the movement

 November of 1911 american painters - these matta's drawings in oil are close to perfection, like most matta's drawings
Roberto Matta – Being With, 1946 – Image via

A Compromised Legacy of Roberto Matta

Roberto Matta’s legacy is not only based on his art but it also prevails through the works of his two twin sons and a daughter, all of whom are also painters and help in keeping their father’s memory alive. This is an excellent thing, as Matta’s significance in art history has been often questioned – this is undoubtedly down to his indirect role in the death of Gorky and subsequent banishment from the Surrealistic movement, meaning that all the active and future artists of this style disregarded all of Roberto’s art and refused to acknowledge its worth. Unfortunately, questionable decisions concerning his private life took precedence over his art, effectively compromising his importance to the modern art despite his work being one of the most original ones the world has ever seen.

The artist is represented by GREGG SHIENBAUM FINE ART Miami, PACE GALLERY Beijing, Puccio Fine Art and THE JANE KAHAN GALLERY New York.
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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2016Matta, Exposición De Obras De 1943 A 1999Galeria Artespacio, SantiagoSolo
2016Collettiva Di Primavera 2016Edarcom Europa Galleria d'Arte Contemporanea, RomeGroup
2016New AcquisitionsZane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2016Documentos de acción. Obras de las colecciones Denney y Cordier (1947-1965)Fundación Antoni Tàpies, BarcelonaGroup
2016Obra Gráfica ContemporáneaA Del Arte, ZaragozaGroup
2015Surrealism and MagicBoca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FLGroup
2015Latin American and Latino Art at the AllenThe Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OHGroup
2015A Golden AgeLocks Gallery, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2014Roberto Matta - The Freedom of GestureBoca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FLSolo
2014The Surrealist Roberto MattaAnn Norton Sculpture Gardens, West Palm Beach, FLSolo
2014Group ExhibiionWaddington Custot Galleries, LondonGroup
201425 Years of Art Discourse From Buenos Aires to MiamiDiana Lowenstein Fine Arts - Miami,Miami, FLGroup
2014De la pierre à l’écran, Studio Franck Bordas, ParisCentre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée, La LouvièreGroup
2014Surrealism And MagicHerbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NYGroup
2014Fresh: Haim Steinbach and Objects from the Permanent CollectionThe Menil Collection,Houston, TXGroup
2014Treasures of The Tamayo Museum, Mexico CityMuseum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD Downtown, San Diego, CAGroup
2014Formalisms IOriol Galeria d'Art, BarcelonaGroup
2014Formalisms IGaleria Marc Domènech, BarcelonaGroup
2013Matta, du surréalisme à l’histoireMusée Cantini, MarseilleSolo
2013Matta. FiktonenMuseum Frieder Burda, Baden-BadenSolo
2013Arp’s galaxyMAN - Museo d'Arte di Nuoro, NuoroGroup
2013The 40th Anniversary ExhibitionPlayful Surrealism - Galerie Miyawaki, KyotoGroup
2013TransatlanticismJordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, ORGroup
2013Image and AbstractionThe Pace Gallery - 510 W 25th Street, New York City, NYGroup
2013Air_Port_ArtFundación Luis Seoane, A CoruñaGroup
2013Intersecting Modernities: Latin American Art from The Brillembourg Capriles CollectionMFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2013Dinard, L’Amour AtomiquePalais des Arts Dinard, DinardGroup
2013Salon du Dessin 2013Galerie de France, ParisGroup
2013Bal Harbour Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FLGroup
2013The Abstract Impulse: Selections from the Modern and Contemporary CollectionsMFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2013Group ExhibitionLatin American Masters, Beverly Hills, CAGroup
2013Collection De La Fondation Des TreillesFondation Fernet Branca, Saint-LouisGroup
2012Matta. FiktionenBucerius Kunst Forum, HamburgSolo
2012Oils, sculptures and mixed mediaGalleria d'Arte Maggiore, BolognaSolo
2012Roberto Matta: Arquitecto De La ImaginaciónMuseo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca,OaxacaSolo
2012Roberto MattaGalerie Patrice Trigano, ParisSolo
2012Colectiva de Invierno 2012Galería Vértice - Guadalajara-México, GuadalajaraGroup
2012Société Anonyme: Modernism for AmericaYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
2012Mortal Reflections (2012-13)IKON Ltd, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2012Do You Know My Age?Factory-Art, BerlinGroup
2012Life is Sweet, Death is SweeterSkot Foreman Gallery, Dania Beach, FLGroup
2012Art Élysées 2012Cyrille de Gunzburg, ParisGroup
2012LA to LA - the Sayago & Pardon Latin American Art CollectionLA Artcore, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012Encounters with the 1930sMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MadridGroup
2012The SupersurrealismModerna Museet Malmö, MalmöGroup
2012Works on paperGalleria Torbandena, TriesteGroup
2012Tomorrow was already hereMuseo Tamayo, Mexico CityGroup
2012Extra LargeGrimaldi Forum Monaco, MonacoGroup
2012Exposition de Lam, Matta et CharchouneArtisyou, ParisGroup
2012La FiguraciónGalería Rosalía Sender, ValenciaGroup
2012Made In France IIIGalerie d'Art Jean-Claude Bergeron, Ottawa, ONGroup
2012Modern and Contemporary Masterworks from MalbaMFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2012Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and TrasfigurationMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2012Recorridos por la Colección Beulas-SarrateCDAN - Centro de Arte y Naturaleza - Fundación Beulas, HuescaGroup
2012Fifty Years Of Latin American Art: Selections From The Neuberger Museum Of ArtNeuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NYGroup
2012Mythology and the Origins of AbstractionThe Pace Gallery - 32 East 57th Street, New York City, NYGroup
2011Matta. SculpturesMaison de l'Amérique Latine, ParisSolo
2011100 años de MattaMuseo de la Memoria y de los Derechos Humanos, SantiagoSolo
2011Matta: Centenario 11.11.11Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda, SantiagoSolo
2011Roberto Matta: A 100 años de su nacimientoMuseo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico CitySolo
2011Matta 100MNBA - Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Santiago Chile, SantiagoSolo
2011Matta: A Centennial CelebrationThe Pace Gallery - 534 West 25th Street, New York City, NYSolo
2011Matta 1911-2011Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, BilbaoSolo
2011Matta - Solo ShowIVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, ValenciaSolo
2011CollectivaGalería Rosalía Sender, ValenciaGroup
2011Arts Élysées 2011Cyrille de Gunzburg, ParisGroup
2011Not For SalePassage de Retz, ParisGroup
2011Colectiva de Verano 2011Galería Vértice - Guadalajara-México, GuadalajaraGroup
2011Enkel Meervoud Seulement PlurielMDZ Art Gallery, Knokke-HeistGroup
2011Simply Masterful: Picasso and Artists of the Modern EraPalm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CAGroup
2011Surrealism: The Poetry of DreamsQueensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLDGroup
2011TRA. The edge of becomingPalazzo Fortuny, VeniceGroup
2011Origins & EvolutionsGalleria d'Arte Maggiore, BolognaGroup
2011Standing on the Edge: 20th Century SculptureLocks Gallery, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2011Exhibition of SurrealismGalleria Grafica Tokyo, TokyoGroup
2011Collective Art ShowEnergenesi Art Gallery, VeniceGroup
2011Boundaries: Selections From The Molaa Permanent CollectionMolaa Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CAGroup
2010DibujosGalería Animal, SantiagoSolo
2010Spigolature (1957-2010)Galleria Giampiero Biasutti, TurinGroup
2010Someday we'll all be freeGalerie Gilles Peyroulet & Cie, ParisGroup
2010BigMinis - Fetishes of CrisisCAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, BordeauxGroup
2010Cosmopolitan Routes: Houston Collects Latin American ArtMFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2010Gran ReservaMuseo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, SantiagoGroup
201050 Years at Pace: Highlights from 50 Years of Thematic and Historical ExhibitionsThe Pace Gallery - 32 East 57th Street, New York City, NYGroup
2010AbstractionsGalerie Pierre-Alain Challier, ParisGroup
2010European Prints in the 20th CenturyKamakura Annex, KanagawaGroup
2010Que du Papier L.A.C. - Lieu d'Art Contemporaine, SigeanGroup
2010The Modern Myth: Drawing Mythologies in Modern TimesMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2010Lignes et contours : écrire le corpsFRAC - Picardie, AmiensGroup
201050 Years, 50 Works, 100th AnniversaryAMA Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DCGroup
2010Surrealism and the Museum of DreamsCastellani Art Museum, Lewiston, NYGroup
2010Le Rêve - Der TraumKunstmuseum Bochum, BochumGroup
2009Matta: A RetrospectiveGary Nader Fine Art, Miami, FLSolo
2009MOCA´s First Thirty YearsMOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Miro and SurealismMMCA Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, ThessalonikiGroup
2009Zona de DialogoMAVI - Museo de Artes Visuales, SantiagoGroup
2009Une sélection d'artistesGalerie Claude Bernard, ParisGroup
2009Art, Media and Material Witness: Contemporary Art from the Harn Museum CollectionSamuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FLGroup
2009Constellations: Paintings from the MCA CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2009LatitudesMuseu Oscar Niemeyer, CuritibaGroup
2009BilderträumeNeue Nationalgalerie, BerlinGroup
2009North Looks South: Building the Latin American Art CollectionMFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2009On the Edge of Your Seat: Italian Chairs from the Collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine ArtsArt Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ONGroup
2009Sculpture and DrawingsDanese Corey, New York City, NYGroup
2009DenudArtiGalleria Marino, RomeGroup
2009Latitudes: Mestres Latino-americanos na Coleção FEMSAInstituto Tomie Ohtake, São PauloGroup
2008Don Qui, Homage from Matta to Don QuixoteInstituto Cervantes - Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJSolo
2008Don Qui, Homage from Matta to Don QuixoteInstituto Cervantes, BrasiliaSolo
2008Descubritorio MattaMAVI - Museo de Artes Visuales, SantiagoSolo
2008Modernism and the Wichner CollectionLong Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CAGroup
2008Latitudes: maestros latinoamericanos en la colección FEMSAMuseo Nacional de Bellas Artes - MNBA, Buenos AiresGroup
2008Invisible Rays: The Surrealism LegacyThe Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MAGroup
2008FacetsAMA Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DCGroup
2008Estetika. Forma & Segno. Da Renoir a de Chirico - Villa PontiFondazione Art Museo, Arona, NOGroup
2008No Images Of Man: Curated By Mitchell AlgusSandra Gering Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008Sammlung MarzonaBielefelder Kunstverein, BielefeldGroup
200866 pieces of art on the WallHaim Chanin Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2008Traces du SacréCentre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, ParisGroup
2008Works on Paper - Mitchell-Innes & NashMadison Av., New York City, NYGroup
2008International Drawings of the 20th CenturyCDS Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008STEVE WHEELER: IN CONTEXTDavid Findlay Jr. Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2008How Artists Draw: Toward the Menil Drawing Institute and Study CenterThe Menil Collection, Houston, TXGroup
2008Action PaintingFondation Beyeler, RiehenGroup
2008The Space of ManFondazione Merz, TurinGroup
2008Collective Art ShowEnergenesi Art Gallery, VeniceGroup
2008The Drawing Show IKON Ltd, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2007Roberto Matta: What is the Object of the Mind?El Sourdog Hex, BerlinSolo
2007MattaGalerie Claude Bernard, ParisSolo
2007Don QuiCírculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid (CBA), MadridSolo
2007Pinturas de los años 50Galería Animal, SantiagoSolo
2007Gravures - Roberto MattaGalerie Renée Ziegler, ZurichSolo
2007Latin American Art in the Berardo Collection, SMAM, SintraSintra Museu de Arte Moderna,SintraGroup
2007Peggy Guggenheim E L’immaginario SurrealePeggy Guggenheim Collection, VeniceGroup
2007Tercera DonaciónCDAN - Centro de Arte y Naturaleza - Fundación Beulas, HuescaGroup
2007Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to NowNGV National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VICGroup
2007AutomaticFranklin Parrasch Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2007Roberto Matta, Gonzalo CienfuegosGaléria mesta Bratislavy, BratislavaGroup
2007Twin BillOklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OKGroup
2007International & Australian Works on PaperJosef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney, NSWGroup
2007Sammlung PoliteoArt Center Berlin Friedrichstrasse, BerlinGroup
2006Picasso and the School of ParisNassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NYGroup
2006Peter Weiss und die AvantgardeKunstmuseum Bochum, BochumGroup
2006City Blues, fragments d'uneEspace arts plastiques, VénissieuxGroup
2006FACING 1200° C. Glasskulpturen der Berengo Collection, VeneziaMMKK - Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, KlagenfurtGroup
2006Colección grabado MACMAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Universidad de Chile, SantiagoGroup
2006Masters of Latin America - From the Joan and Milton Bagley CollectionBoca Museum of Art,Boca Raton, FLGroup
2006Surrealist CollectionMuseum-Foundation Eugenio Granell, Santiago de CompostelaGroup
2006CouplesGalerie Renée Ziegler, ZurichGroup
2006Transmission - The Art of Matta and Gordon Matta-ClarkSan Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CAGroup
2006Lúdica - Colección Santa Cruz - YaconiMAVI - Museo de Artes Visuales, SantiagoGroup
2006Mirada múltipleMuseo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, BilbaoGroup
2006Arte Contemporáneo ChilenoMAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Universidad de Chile, SantiagoGroup
2006Frente a frenteGaleria Fernando Pradilla, MadridGroup
2006Surrealist Works on PaperWorcester Art Museum, Worcester, MAGroup
2006Inner Worlds OutsideWhitechapel Art Gallery, LondonGroup
2006Société AnonymeModernism in America - Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006Geometry and GestureAMA Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DCGroup
2006Incisiones - Colección Santa Cruz – YaconiMAVI - Museo de Artes Visuales, SantiagoGroup
2006Exil und ModerneH.W. Janson und die Sammlung der Washington University in St. Louis -Museum für Neue Kunst, FreiburgGroup
2006Degas to Picasso - Modern MastersMFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MAGroup
2005Matta, Mattioli e gli altriGalleria Centro Steccata, ParmaGroup
2005The Fluidity of Time - Selections from the MCA CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2005Chilean Contamporary Art: From the other Side SiteNational Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, GwacheonGroup
2005Art of EngagementJack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2005Exil und ModerneKunsthalle St. Annen Lübeck, LübeckGroup
2005Colección Femsa - una mirada continentalMuseo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO, Monterrey, NLGroup
2005Acquisitions Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2005Arte Del Siglo XXFundación PROA, Buenos AiresGroup
2005Rufin Tamayo・Wifredo Lam・Roberto MattaGallery Artzone-Kaguraoka, KyotoGroup
2005Acquisitions and donations to the permanent collection 2003 - 2004Molaa Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CAGroup
2005Bologna contemporaneaGalleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna - GAM, BolognaGroup
2005EXIL UND MODERNEAngermuseum Erfurt, ErfurtGroup
2005Invisible Revealed: Surrealist Drawings from the Drukier CollectionSpencer Museum of Art,Lawrence, KSGroup
2005Beyond Mexico: Work by 20th Century Latin American Artists....Phoenix Art Museum,Phoenix, AZGroup
2004Matta On Paper: The John Todd Figi CollectionSanta Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CASolo
2004Matta - Début d'un nouveau mondeMalingue, ParisSolo
2004Matta: Making the Invisible VisibleMcMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MASolo
2004Action Painting. Arte americana 1940 - 1970: dal disegno all'operaFondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, ModenaGroup
2004Exil und ModerneH.W. Janson und die Sammlung der Washington University in St. Louis -Opelvillen, RüsselsheimGroup
2004Modern in Europe - Featuring Selections from the Collection of Gladys and Sam RuSeattle Art Museum, Seattle, WAGroup
2004The Invisible Revealed: Surrealist Drawings from the Drukier CollectionThe Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OHGroup
2004Artists of the AmericasAMA Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DCGroup
20042004 Summer Print SaleIKON Ltd, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2004DiálogosMuseo de Arte de Lima - MALI,LimaGroup
2004Beuys, Chillida, Nitsch, etc.....Galerie Tulbinger Kogel, MauerbachGroup
2004Arte y utopíaMuseu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA,BarcelonaGroup
2004Love - Hate. From Magritte to Cattelan.Villa Manin. Centro d'arte contemporanea, Codroipo, UDGroup
2004MoMA at El Museo. Latin American and Caribbean Art from the Collection of the MuEl Museo del Barrio, New York City, NYGroup
2004Masterworks by Contemporary Printmakers, Part IIIrvine Contemporary, Washington, DCGroup
2004Small-Scale SculptureHackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Es Baluard any zeroEs Baluard Museu d’Art Modern, Palma de MallorcaGroup
2004HOMMAGE A PICASSO - 50 Künstler80 Exponate in verschiedenen Techniken - Galerie Wolfgang Exner, Vienna Group
2004The Invisible RevealedThe Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NYGroup
2003Roberto Matta: An Architect of SurrealismAMA Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DCSolo
2003Matta 1938 - 1971Galleria de' Foscherari, BolognaSolo
2003Exposición de Roberto MattaMAVI - Museo de Artes Visuales,SantiagoSolo
2003Herbst- Winterkollektion 2003 - Kunterbunte ArbeitenGalerie Ariadne - Thomas Netusil Kunsthandel, ViennaGroup
2003FuochiGrossetti Arte Contemporanea, MilanGroup
2003Surrealist Drawings from the Drukier CollectionKresge Art Museum, Lansing, MIGroup
20034. Bienal do MercosulBienal do Mercosul, Porto AlegreGroup
2003Group Show: Gallery Artists & Pre-Columbian CeramicsLatin American Masters, Beverly Hills, CAGroup
2003From Classic to Modern: Revisting the Figure in the Permanent CollectionAMA Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DCGroup
2003Renault Collection - Contemporary French ArtSompo Japan Museum of Art, TokyoGroup
2003Linking Collection And CommunityMAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami, FLGroup
2003SurrealismGalerìa Guillermo de Osma, MadridGroup
2003Highlights of the Permanent CollectionAMA Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DCGroup
2002Matta in America: Paintings and Drawings of the 1940sMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILSolo
2002Roberto Matta - Le Grand BurundunMamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, GenevaSolo
2002Don Qui 1605 - 1985Haim Chanin Fine Art, New York City, NYSolo
2002Matta in America: Paintings and Drawings of the 1940sMAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami, FLSolo
2002French CollectionMamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, GenevaGroup
2002Selections from the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Howard WolfsonRichard Gray Gallery - Chicago,Chicago, ILGroup
2002Desde el cuerpo - Colección Santa Cruz - YaconiMAVI - Museo de Artes Visuales, SantiagoGroup
2002JokesMamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, GenevaGroup
2002La Révolution surréaliste - Centre PompidouMusée National d´Art Moderne, ParisGroup
2002Behind the Surrealist Curtain: Sex, Sensuality and SilenceUbu Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2001Matta In America: Paintings And Drawings Of The 1940sMOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CASolo
2001Matta: Turbulence des Collisions: Paintings, Pastels, DrawingsRiva Yares Gallery - Santa Fe,Santa Fe, NMSolo
2001Espace des AmériquesCaribbean Contemporary Arts (CCA), Port of SpainGroup
2001Rétroviseur (Loués soient les grands hommes !)Mamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, GenevaGroup
2001International OfferingsJack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001Art of the UnconsciousThe RISD Museum - University of Rhode Island, Providence, RIGroup
2001The Exquisite CorpseThe Menil Collection, Houston, TXGroup
2001Arte internazionale a PratoGalleria Open Art, Prato, POGroup
2001Evidence of Love, Romance, Desire & FantasyJack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2000Matta: Opere dal 1957 al 1993Galleria Patrizia Poggi, RavennaSolo
2000Some Summer SurrealistsThe Mayor Gallery, LondonGroup
2000Gegen Krieg und GewaltLentos Kunstmuseum Linz, LinzGroup
1999Matta: Obra Gráfica - Fundacion PicassoMuseo Casa Natal, MálagaSolo
1999Selección de Grabado, Colección PermanenteMAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Universidad de Chile, SantiagoGroup
1999À rebours. La rebelión informalista 1939-1968Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía,MadridGroup
1999La raccolta SpajaniGAMeC - Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo,BergamoGroup
1999Vivre ParisEspace Fondation EDF, ParisGroup
1998Matta: Following the Footsteps of a GiantCentro Cultural Borges, Buenos AiresSolo
1998Matta: Selected PaintingsRiva Yares Gallery, Santa Fe, NMSolo
1998Matta: Surrealismo y más alláMuseo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO,Monterrey, NLSolo
199824° Bienal de São PauloBienal de Sao Paulo, São PauloGroup
1998Flags of ToleranceContemporary Art Centre (CAC), VilniusGroup
1998Mid-Century Drawings from the CollectionThe Menil Collection, Houston, TXGroup
1998Drawing in Latin AmericaMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
1997Matta: Surrealism and BeyondHaggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WISolo
1997Matta: Die Elemente EtcMUSEION - Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst ,BolzanoSolo
1997Roberto Matta - Paintings & Drawings: 1937 - 1959Latin American Masters, Beverly Hills, CASolo
1997Matta: Paradise NowMaxwell Davidson Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1997Matta, Paintings & DrawingsAndré Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1997Matta: Re-GenerationBoca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FLSolo
1997Exil - Flucht und Emmigration europäischer Künstler 1933 - 1945Neue Nationalgalerie, BerlinGroup
19971. Bienal do MercosulBienal do Mercosul, Porto AlegreGroup
1997Etchings of the Twentieth CenturyMargo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1996Grabado FrancésMADC Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San JoséGroup
1996Colección CostantiniMuseo Nacional de Artes Visuales - MNAV, MontevideoGroup
1996Contamporary Art from ChileCentre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, WarsawGroup
1994Les Deux UniversYokohama Museum of Art, Nishi-ku, YokohamaGroup
1994HantisesGalerie Guy Bärtschi, GenevaGroup
1994Exhibition of PrintsIleana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, AthensGroup
1993Matta: The Earth is a ManThe Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILSolo
1993Matta: Works from Chicago CollectionsArts Club of Chicago, Chicago, ILSolo
1992Matta – Même, Bronze et Papiers 1990–1992Galerie de France, ParisSolo
1992Matta: Corpo a CorpoGalleria Elleni, BergamoSolo
1992Matta uni Verso 11-11-11Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, CaracasSolo
1991AmusateviMuseo Barjola, GijónSolo
1991MattaKunstHaus Wien, ViennaSolo
1991Matta Uni-verso 11-11-11MNBA - Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Santiago Chile, SantiagoSolo
1991Matta: Paintings and SculptureRiva Yares Gallery - Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZSolo
1990Matta - Solo ShowAcquavella Galleries, Inc., New York City, NYSolo
1990Roberto Matta - Drawings from the 1950s and 1960sGeorge Adams Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1990Matta: Dessins 1937–1989 - Carré d´artMusée d´art contemporain de Nîmes, NîmesSolo
1988Matta: Zeichnungen 1937–1988Kunstmuseum Bochum, BochumSolo
1988Matta, The Early YearsMaxwell Davidson Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1987Matta: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture from the 1940’s to the PresentShary Grossman Fine Arts, New York City, NYSolo
1986Matta: painting and sculptureMMCA Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, ThessalonikiSolo
1986Roberto MattaTasende Gallery - La Jolla, La Jolla, CASolo
1986Matta: Paintings 1950–1960Totah-Stelling Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1985Matta - Centre PompidouMusée National d´Art Moderne, ParisSolo
1985Matta - The Logic of HallucinationHatton Gallery, Newcastle upon TyneSolo
1985Matta - The Logic of HallucinationBolton Museum and Art Gallery, Bolton, LancashireSolo
1985Matta - The Logic of HallucinationMuseums Sheffield: Graves Gallery, SheffieldSolo
1985Matta, Now: Recent PaintingsRiva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZSolo
1984Matta - The Logic of HallucinationGlynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, WalesSolo
1984Roberto Matta: The Early DrawingsGeorge Adams Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1984Matta - The Logic of HallucinationModern Art Oxford, OxfordSolo
1984Matta - The Logic of Hallucination Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, PlymouthSolo
1984Burundun de Roberto MattaLaM - Lille Métropole musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve d'AscqSolo
1984MattaTornabuoni Arte, FlorenceSolo
1982Matta: What is the Object of the Mind?: Matta: Zum Einhundertsten Todestag von Charles DarwinGalerie Reinhard Onnasch, BerlinSolo
1982Matta: The First DecadeThe Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MASolo
1975Roberto Matta: Eaux-Fortes et Aquatintes 1963–1973Galerie Ziegler, GenevaSolo
1975Matta: Ojoser (L’œil-être)Galerie Alexandre Iolas, ParisSolo
1975Matta: Pastelli (L’homme descend du signe)Galleria dell’Oca, RomeSolo
1975Matta. A Totemic Word: Paintings, Drawings, SculptureAndrew Crispo Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1975Roberto Matta : Les Oh! TomobilesGovett-Brewster Art Gallery, New PlymouthSolo
1974Matta: The Early Years: A Selection of Paintings and Drawings from the Years, 1939–1957Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1973Sebastian Matta: Dipinti, Disegni e Incisioni 57-73Galleria Schubert, MilanSolo
1973Matta Paintings and Drawings 1966–1972Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1970Matta: Œuvres RécentesGalerie Maya, BrusselsSolo
1970Matta: Paintings and Drawings, 1940–1960 The Byron Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1965Matta: Skulpturen BilderGimpel & Hanover Galerie, ZurichSolo
1965Matta: Le Cube OuvertKunstmuseum Luzern, LucerneSolo
1965Matta: La Llave de Los CamposGalería del Techo, CaracasSolo
1965Sebastian Matta: Les VoixOne-Wall Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1965Matta: Sculptures and PaintingsGimpel Fils, LondonSolo
1964Les Voix: Peintures RécentesGalerie le Point Cardinal, ParisSolo
1964Matta - BOZARPalais des Beaux-Arts, Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, BrusselsSolo
1964Matta: Recent PaintingsRobert Fraser Gallery, LondonSolo
1964Roberto Matta: Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Gravüren, 1942 - 1963Galerie Michael Hertz,BremenSolo