Event: Matisse Collages Exhibition
Location: Tate Modern, SE1
The Tate Modern’s major Matisse exhibition, Henri Matisse: The Cut-outs, focuses on the artist’s stunning final artworks, his colourful cut-out collages.
Produced in the last few years of his life when ill health prevented him from painting (between 1943 and 1954), Matisse turned to collage, using cut out or torn painted paper for his designs, known as gouaches découpées. The Tate Modern has around 120 Matisse cut-outs, now considered to be iconic signature works, for a show at the Bankside gallery.
They include pictures that have not been seen together in years, such as The Snail and its sister work Memory of Oceania (both 1953), lent by MoMA in New York and his famous Blue Nudes, including Blue Nude I (1952), considered the most significant of the group, as well as pictures for the book Jazz, such as Icarus (1944).
The Tate Modern also has a large permanent collection of international modern and contemporary art in its formidable gallery, housed in the former Bankside Power Station designed by Sir Gilbert Scott and converted to a gallery by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.
Other temporary exhibitions at the gallery on during this time include: Richard Hamilton (13th February – 26th May) and Kazimir Malevich (16th July – 26th October).
The exhibition Matisse Cut-Outs is on at the Tate Modern Gallery at Bankside from 17th April to 14th September 2014, open every day, Monday to Thursday 10am to 6pm, Friday & Saturday 10am to 10pm, Sun 10am to 6pm (and 8pm to 10.30pm for Matisse Sunday Late ticket-holders only).