How did the artist Roberto Matta die?
The surrealist painter Roberto Matta died on 23 November 2002 at the age of 91 in Civitavecchia, Italy. The President of Chile, Ricardo Lagos Escobar, declared a three-day period of national mourning to mark the artist’s death. The Chilean government awarded Matta the Premio Nacional de Arte prize in 1990. A retrospective exhibition of Roberto Matta’s work was presented at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago and then at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas in 1991. A monumental ceramic fresco was inaugurated in the underground station Quinta Normal in the Chilean capital in 1996. The painter’s works were also exhibited in New York in 2000 at the Robert Elkon Gallery. The touring exhibition Matta in America. Paintings and Drawings of the 1940s was presented in 2001 in the United States, travelling from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles to the Miami Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
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