happy birthday, Gordon

To mark the 40th birthday of the iconic artwork ‘Office Baroque’ by Gordon Matta Clark, artist Gert Adriaenssens took the oportunity of the ongoing construction work on eld / Wiel Arets Architects / Matexi project ‘Antwerp Tower’ to pay homage to the acclaimed artist.

During demolition works, the curtain wall facade is disassembled in a specific sequence to reveal the de-installation art, similar to Matta Clark’s 1977 intervention in an empty Antwerp office building.

Antwerp Tower is currently undergoing a thorough transformation from drab 70’s office block, voted one of Europe’s ugliest, to a vibrant new icon in the city centre, with retail space, a hotel, restaurant, short-stay residences and luxury apartments. Construction is set to be completed by mid 2020.

The installation can be viewed from today until September 19th from virtually anywhere in Antwerp, and visitors are encouraged to share pictures under the hashtag #ATower. From Tuesday onward, the artwork will be illuminated.
Tonight at 7 pm, The MHKA (Antwerp Museum of Contemporary Art) is showing a screening of the film ‘Welcome Back Gordon Matta Clark’ by Japanese artist Yuki Okumura.