Conical Intersect, 1975

One of the most outstanding works of Gordon Matta-Clark was his intervention in 1975 in an apartment building about to be demolished in the once-busy market area of Les Halles, Paris. Creator of the so-called ‘building cuts’ or interventions in abandoned buildings as a criticism of the speculation of rampant capitalism, here he cuts the building in a circle evoking the truncated cone in Anthony McCall’s Line Describing a Cone, also in the MACBA Collection. In the vicinity of the building, the new Georges Pompidou art centre, then under construction, completes the sense of action.

Technical details

Original title:
Conical Intersect
Registration number:
Matta-Clark, Gordon
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Audiovisual recording
16 mm film transferred to video, color, silent, 18 min 40 s
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
© Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark, VEGAP, Barcelona
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