From May 13 to August 31, 2020, Paris Centre Pompidou explores a new side of Henri Matisse with an exhibition celebrating the famous painter’s 150th birthday.
What can we say about Henri Matisse we don’t already know? Or is there anything new and innovative to say about Henri Matisse? We can think that everything has already been said… And yet, it’s in those moments – when we think that nothing could surprise us anymore – that we are actually surprised.
National Museum of Modern Art curator Aurélie Verdier brings together major classic works of the painter but also offers us the occasion to rediscover them by presenting them in a new light.
Works displayed come from Paris National Museum of Modern Art, as well as the collection of two museums devoted to Matisse, one in Cateau-Cambrésis and the other in Nice. The Grenoble museum and its international private loans complete the whole picture beautifully.
This exhibition is the biggest one since the retrospective held in 1970 at the Grand Palais! Let’s not miss this occasion!
The exhibition tells – in nine chapters – the way literature acts as a creative soil for the painter. This exhibition is his life as told in a novel. From his debuts in 1890 to the 1950’s, each period of his life is cut by a literary interlude reminding us of the origin of some works, the relationships with major authors such as Mallarmé, including his poems illustrated by Matisse, or even Louis Aragon who wrote Henri Matisse, a novel.
It’s not only literature itself that is given pride of place in the painter’s creation process. This exhibition also highlights how the painter’s pictorial language changes, how his ‘painting’ words fit movements and changes as intimate as social. The exhibition provides a complete dimension to see the artist’s masterpieces, as well as his failed projects, attempts and never-seen-before works!
If you thought you knew everything about Matisse, your surprise is expected for this exceptional exhibition!
From 13 May 2020 to 31 August 2020
75004 Paris 4
Métro ligne 11 station "Rambuteau"
Tarif réduit: 11 €
Tarif plein: 14 €
Ouvert de 11h à 21h, fermé le mardi
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Group booking (+5 people)