Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
Tate Modern: Exhibition
17 April – 7 September 2014
Adult £18 (without donation £16.30)
Concession £16 (without donation £14.50)
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In his late sixties, when ill health first prevented Matisse from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make drafts for a number of commissions. In time, Matisse chose cut-outs over painting: he had invented a new medium.
From snowflowers to dancers, circus scenes and a famous snail, the exhibition showcases a dazzling array of 120 works made between 1936 and 1954. Bold, exuberant and often large in scale, the cut-outs have an engaging simplicity coupled with incredible creative sophistication.
The exhibition marks an historic moment, when treasures from around the world can be seen together. Tate’s The Snail 1953 is shown alongside its sister work Memory of Oceania 1953 and Large Composition with Masks 1953 at 10 metres long. A photograph of Matisse’s studio reveals that these works were initially conceived as a unified whole, and this is the first time they will have been together in over 50 years. Matisse’s famous series of Blue Nudes represent the artist’s renewed interest in the figure.
London is first to host, before the exhibition travels to New York at the Museum of Modern Art and after which the works return to galleries and private owners around the world.
For the first time ever, we are broadcasting live into cinemas around the country with an exclusive film about the exhibition. Matisse Live offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes view of the artist via beautiful footage of the works, interviews with his friends plus rare archive footage of Matisse at work.
…This show should not be missed. It has never before been matched.
This is a feast of dazzling dreams: come to the carnival.”
***** Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times
What a joyous and fascinating exhibition this is… How rich all this is, how marvellous, how alive.
***** Adrian Searle, The Guardian
I guarantee that this exhibition of the colour-saturated works Henri Matisse made by cutting out shapes from pre-painted sheets of paper during the last 17 years of his life will be among the most popular ever staged in this country… Outstanding.
***** Richard Dorment, Telegraph
Henri Matisse’s eye popping colour cut-outs are brought together for a blockbuster show at Tate Modern
The Sunday Times
A sense of joyous celebration almost unmatched in the history of art. Unmissable
It will be startling and spectacular
An important and eagerly awaited survey of the 20th century master
Matisse’s greatest works – mouth watering.
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is curated by Nicholas Cullinan, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Nicholas Serota, Director with Flavia Frigeri, Assistant Curator, Tate and at the Museum of Modern Art, New York by Jodi Hauptman, Curator, Department of Drawings, and Karl Buchberg, Senior Conservator, with Samantha Friedman, Assistant Curator